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Claudio's sacking led to death threats: Vardy

Claudio's sacking led to death threats: Vardy
Leicester's Jamie Vardy says his family received death threats after Claudio Ranieri's sacking as Foxes boss

England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has revealed he received death threats and his family were targetted after Claudio Ranieri's sacking as Foxes boss

The forward fears for his wife Rebekah's safety after saying she had been intimidated by other motorists while driving with their children in the aftermath of ex-boss Ranieri's exit.

Vardy had been named as one of the players who allegedly met with the club's owners before Ranieri was sacked by the Premier League champions last month.

The striker, Marc Albrighton, Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan all denied the claims they had spoken to the Thai owners following their 2-1 Champions League defeat in Seville.

Ranieri, who guided Leicester to a shock title last season, was dismissed 24 hours later.

But Vardy, who has linked up with the England squad for games against Germany and Lithuania this week, conceded his denials have not stopped some fans targetting him and his family.

He said: 'I read one story that said it (the meeting) was straight after the Sevilla game. It said I was personally involved in a meeting when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours. A few of you (media) waited around for an interview after.

'Then of course the story is out there and people pick it up and jump on it and you're getting death threats about your family, kids, everything.

'On social media, you name it - walking down the street. To be honest I get them 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.

'It is terrifying. All that can happen is they get banned on Twitter. People get cut up but if there's no cameras you're screwed.'

The 30-year-old reiterated there was no problem with Ranieri and he was upset by the stories suggesting he played a part in his downfall.

He said: '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.

'The stories were quite hurtful to be honest with you, a lot of false accusations were being thrown out there and there's nothing us, as players, could do about it.'

AAP