England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has revealed he has received death threats and his family have been targeted following Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes sacking.
The forward fears for his wife Rebekah’s safety after saying she had been cut up 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 spoke 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 targeting 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.”
But when it comes to him personally, Vardy tries to ignore the abuse he gets from fans.
“I just get abuse at every stadium that I turn up at. To be honest, you are always going to get stick from fans. It is part and parcel of football,” he said.
“I’m one that carries on and winds them up a bit. Do I enjoy it? Yeah, it’s just me. I couldn’t tell you why I get it, but it’s part of the game. I am not really fussed about it. It’s fine by me.”
I must have written and deleted my words to this post a stupid amount of times! I owed Claudio to find the right and appropriate words! Claudio has and always will have my complete respect! What we achieved together and as a team was the impossible! He believed in me when many didn’t and for that I owe him my eternal gratitude. There is speculation I was involved in his dismissal and this is completely untrue, unfounded and is extremely hurtful! The only thing we are guilty of as a team is underachieving which we all acknowledge both in the dressing room and publicly and will do our best to rectify. I wish Claudio the very very best in whatever the future holds for him. Thank You Claudio for everything.
108.4k Likes, 26 Comments – Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) on Instagram: “I must have written and deleted my words to this post a stupid amount of times! I owed Claudio to…”
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: “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.”
Vardy could start up front for England’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund with Harry Kane out with an ankle injury, and he wants to gain momentum ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.