Soccer: Leicester's Vardy got death threats over Ranieri sacking

Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:05pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has said he was subjected to death threats and his wife 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.

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

The allegation 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 Feb. 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.

"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.   Continued...

 
Football Soccer - Leicester City Press Conference & Training - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville, Spain - 21/2/17 Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri during the press conference  Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic