Jamie Vardy hits out at ‘vile’ Twitter users who posted rape threats about his young daughter

Vardy's fiancé was targeted by trolls after posting a picture of the couple's daughter in a Leicester City shirt

Olivia Blair
Monday 04 April 2016 12:00
Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy has hit out at online trolls who posted “vile” rape and death threats about his young daughter.

Trolls targeted the England player after his fiancé Rebekah Nicholson shared a picture of their one-year-old daughter Sofia wearing a Leicester City shirt at the King Power Stadium after the team beat Southampton 1-0 on Sunday, leaving them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

After the 29-year-old striker re-tweeted the photo, Ms Nicholson received graphic rape and death threats targeting their daughter, some of which were from individuals claiming to be Manchester United supporters. Vardy posted a screen grab of some of the threats which he called “shocking and vile”.

Ms Nicholson also responded to a couple of the trolls by sharing their tweets – which now appear to have either been deleted or the accounts suspended – telling one user: “There are no words for people like you! You need locking up”.

Leicestershire police said in a statement: "Leicestershire Police is investigating a report of malicious communication being sent via social media. A report was made today (Monday 4 April) of an abusive message being received yesterday evening (Sunday 3 April) by a woman on Twitter.

"Enquiries remain ongoing and the force is liaising with Leicester City Football Club."

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