Striker Jamie Vardy has admitted that he has received death threats following Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal as Leicester City manager.
The 30-year-old, who is preparing for Wednesday night’s international friendly as England visit Dortmund to take on Germany, also revealed his family have been targeted following the club’s decision to part company with the 2015-16 title-winning boss last month.
Vardy, who has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for The Foxes so far this season, said (via BBC Sport), “It is terrifying.
“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.
“When people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving, with the kids in the back of the car, it’s not the best.”
The forward has blamed false accusations from the media that Vardy influenced the club’s decision to sack Ranieri back in February as a result.
Since the Italian’s departure, Leicester have won three successive Premier League games and advanced to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League under new boss Craig Shakespeare.