Simon Hill has long been an avid critic of the VAR’s introduction into football. While I regard Hill as one of the best football commentators and pundits in this country, this has always been the one thing I’ve strongly disagreed with him on.
Two months ago, recently promoted English Premier League club Leicester City sacked three players (including James Pearson, the son of the club’s manager, Nigel Pearson), after footage of them emerged taking part in what the British tabloids called a “racist orgy” during a post-season tour to Thailand.
This week, Leicester’s star striker, Jamie Vardy, was given a “substantial” fine and ordered to undergo diversity awareness training by the club after claims he made a racial slur in a casino, abusing a Japanese man in July.
Claudio Ranieri, who has succeeded Nigel Pearson as Leicester City manager, said Vardy will not be sacked.
This decision smacks of double standards by the club, which is owned by the Thai billionaires Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and has a “strategic, international partnership” with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Vardy is obviously less expendable than the three who were shown the door.
More is yet to be revealed about the reasons for Nigel Pearson’s sacking, which occurred after miraculously securing the Foxes’ EPL status in the last term.
The experienced Ranieri – who has managed famous clubs such as Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus and Internazionale – has brought a forthright manner to his media interviews, together with a promise to introduce an Italian-inspired tactical awareness to the club.