Jamie Vardy says wife targeted after Claudio Ranieri sacking
Last Updated: 20/03/17 11:05pm
Jamie Vardy says his wife was "cut up" in her car in the fallout from Claudio Ranieri's Leicester sacking.
Vardy has spoken in the past about receiving regular death threats on social media, and the Leicester striker says the situation has not been helped by reports he was among a number of players plotting against Ranieri after a Champions League defeat at Sevilla.
A succession of Leicester players denied the reports in the days after the club's Premier League-winning manager lost his job, but Vardy says he and wife Rebekah have been on the wrong end of a backlash nonetheless.
"I read one story that said it [the meeting] was straight after the Sevilla game," he said from the England camp ahead of games against Germany and Lithuania.
"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."
Vardy, who admitted to enjoying winding up opposition fans during games, says any problems with Ranieri during the Italian's reign were sorted out "man to man" with a tactics board.
"He was happy for you to come in and put your opinion across," 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.
"As soon as they were in the papers they were out there. We just had to put it to the back of our minds and concentrate on the football."