West Ham vs Leicester City: Jamie Vardy will not be sacked by Foxes, says Claudio Ranieri

Foxes boss says 'everything is okay' with Vardy after controversial incident

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has suggested Jamie Vardy will not be sacked after the England striker was filmed abusing a Japanese guest in a casino last month.

The 28-year-old was the subject of a story in the Sun on Sunday at the weekend but swiftly moved to apologise for his behaviour in the days that followed an opening weekend victory over Sunderland.

With the reports emerging just months after three Leicester development players were dismissed for their part in a 'racist' Thai sex tape - including former manager Nigel Pearson's son James - some supporters wondered if Vardy would suffer the same fate.

When asked directly if Vardy will be sacked in the wake of the accusations, Ranieri said: "No, it is not my matter but he won't be."

The East Midlands club, however, insist an investigation is ongoing and a verdict is expected in the coming week.

Former Fleetwood Town forward Vardy, who earned his maiden cap for Roy Hodgson's Three Lions against the Republic of Ireland in July, scored the opening goal as Ranieri's new club swept Sunderland away in an impressive 4-2 victory on Saturday.


Ranieri added: "The situation is that everything is okay, Jamie apologised to everyone. It was a mistake. We go on and forward, the club has said it is okay. Jamie does something on the pitch and then I speak with him."

Leicester are preparing for their first away trip of the new campaign, against West Ham, and Ranieri is wary of facing Slavan Bilić's men after a surprise 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

"West Ham are very narrow, they play together, so close behind the line of the ball," the former Chelsea boss said.

"The players are getting better, now is is time to think about what the best is for the team. Every day I know my players better, I want the best for the team and also the players."