Jamie Vardy red card: Claudio Ranieri considering appeal after Leicester striker dismissed

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will consider appealing the red card awarded to Jamie Vardy in the thrilling 2-2 draw with Stoke.

Referee Craig Pawson dismissed Vardy in the 28th minute for a challenge on Mame Diouf where the England international, jostling with Glen Johnson, left the ground with both feet before returning to the turf by the time he won the ball.

It was a contentious call from Pawson, particularly after he had only booked Manchester United's Marcos Rojo for a clear two-footed lunge on Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha three days earlier.

He furthered enraged the Foxes players by giving Stoke a penalty for handball against Danny Simpson, when his arm was above his head as he slid in to stop Bojan Krkic's cross.

Bojan converted the 39th-minute spot-kick and Simpson was booked, the first of five Leicester players to be cautioned prior to the break, which Stoke entered 2-0 ahead thanks to a second from Joe Allen.

The normally mild-mannered Ranieri was livid at that point and had to be dragged away from Pawson by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, yet his side banded together in the face of adversity and picked up just their second away point of the season thanks to second-half strikes from Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey.

Claudio Ranieri confronted the officials at half-time. Credit: PA

With Vardy now set to miss games against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough, Ranieri was asked if he would consider appealing against his suspension.

"I don't know, let me think, if it is possible, yes," he replied. "He wants to challenge and get the ball, not make a foul.

"If you listen to me I say, 'No' (it was not a red card), if you listen to (Stoke manager) Mark Hughes, he says, 'Yes'. But the decision is the referee and he says it's a red card. There was a big challenge between Johnson and Vardy. He touched the ball. Maybe it was yellow."

That was not the viewpoint of Potters boss Mark Hughes, though.

"People are trying to say he was pushed and that is why he jumped in with two feet off the ground," the Welshman said.

"It looked to me like there were two feet off the ground and out of control. There were a couple of incidents where players have done similar and got away with a yellow card and it was deemed wrong."