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Leicester hero Vardy worried racist tag will follow him everywhere

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is concerned that the 'racist' tag that has been placed on him will never go away.

Vardy was involved in a real controversy at the start of last season after the striker was caught on video verbally abusing a man at a casino and derogatorily calling him 'Jap'.

Vardy faced a public backlash following the incident and now the Leicester star has stated that he fears the word 'racist' will be associated with him forever.

In an extract from his autobiography - Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story - which is being serialised by The Sun, Vardy recalled: “Most convictions get wiped after a period of time. But there's no way of erasing what happened in July 2015.

“The word 'racist' is a permanent stain against my name. It's worse than a criminal record.

“Some people will never forgive me.

“Others will accept I made a terrible mistake and recognise I have learnt from it.

“It's on YouTube when my kids type in their dad's name and it comes up 'Jamie Vardy racist'. On Google, too.

“It's horrible."

He adds: “I like a drink and enjoy being Jack the Lad. I've had a few scraps and spent a night in a cell. I can be a pain in the a***. But one thing I'm not, and never will be, is a racist.

“I looked in the eyes of the student I verbally abused and told him that. I needed him to see how sorry I was. I wanted him to know there was ignorance, not malice or prejudice, behind the word I used.

“I was angry at the time and I'd had too much to drink but I'd never have used the word 'Jap' if I'd known it was racist."

Sarad Bade Shrestha
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