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Jamie Vardy gets death threats over Leicester City’s sacking of Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been the subject of death threats over his alleged involvement in the sacking of Claudio Ranieri as the club manager.

sports Updated: Mar 21, 2017 12:00 IST
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Jamie Vardy was the subject of allegations that he had a role to play in Leicester CIty’s decision to sack Claudio Ranieri.(REUTERS)

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said that he was subjected to death threats and his wife was targeted by aggressive motorists after allegations that he contributed to the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri.

The 30-year-old striker, on England duty for this week’s friendly with Germany and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, said he had suffered abuse walking along the street and also said his wife had been repeatedly “cut up” while driving.

Claudio Ranieri left the Midlands club in February, just nine months after winning the Premier League title, with Leicester currently 17th in the Premier League standings and battling relegation. Vardy has since faced accusations of influencing the decision to sack the Italian.

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The allegation that he attended a meeting called by Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at East Midlands airport hours after the 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in a Champions league last 16 first-leg tie on February 23 had prompted the abuse, Vardy said.

Several Leicester players, backed up by Ranieri’s successor and former assistant Craig Shakespeare, have denied media reports that there was a player revolt against Ranieri.

“It is terrifying,” Vardy told the BBC on Monday.

“I read one story that said I was personally involved in a meeting after the Sevilla game when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours.

A Leicester fan holds a banner of support for former manager Claudio Ranieri , during their Premier League match against Liverpool. (AP)

“But then the story is out there, people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything.”

Vardy has not accused Leicester fans of the abuse and has not considered reporting it to the police.

Asked where the abuse came from, Vardy said: “On social media, you name it – walking down the street.

“To be honest I get them (taunts) every week. Football fans don’t seem to like me. I just get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving along, with the kids in the back of the car it’s not the best. It’s happened plenty of times.”

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Vardy said there was no problem between Ranieri and the Leicester players during the Italian’s time in charge.

“No, not at all. Basically if there was an issue you went and did it in the gaffer’s office, man-to-man. Or you went and did it on the tactics board, because he was happy for you to come in and put your opinion across,” he added.

“The stories were quite hurtful to be honest with you. A lot of false accusations were being thrown out there and there was nothing we, as players, could do about it.”

First Published: Mar 21, 2017 10:08 IST