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Leicester City gives away 30,000 Jamie Vardy masks

Published 1645 GMT (0045 HKT) December 26, 2016
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This was the sight facing fans arriving for Leicester City's English Premier League match against Everton on Boxing Day. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Along with a free mince pie, and t-shirts given away at halftime, the English champion's Thai owners had printed off 30,000 masks in the image of the team's England international striker Jamie Vardy. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The club, which is struggling in its first league title defense, asked fans to wear the mask in protest at Vardy's three-match suspension, which means he will miss Leicester's festive fixtures. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Vardy, who sat next to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during the game, will also miss the home match against West Ham on New Year's Eve and the trip to Middlesbrough on January 2. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Vardy, Leicester's top scorer last year as the club won its first league title since being formed in 1884, was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf on December 17. The Foxes' appeal against his ban was rejected by the English Football Association. Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images