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PSA to football fans – don’t wind up Jamie Vardy

It’s hard not to love Jamie Vardy, and his story of non-league bagsman to Premier League legend is fairytale stuff. It’s been a shame to see him struggling with injuries this year, and at 35 years of age, we’re seeing the twilight of Vardy’s magical career. Still, when called upon by Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers this season he’s been brilliant, netting 10 times in 18 Premier League appearances, still giving grief to defenders and fans alike. He’s always been a wind up merchant when it comes to celebrations, and now fans up and down the country have a new song directed at him, he’s giving it large every time he scores. Ever since Vardy’s wife Rebekah made headlines thanks to a famous social media post from Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen, fans have been singing “Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass.” While there is no doubt that this chant is absolutely hilarious, it comes with a warning. If you sing it, Vardy is almost definitely scoring. If Vardy can get healthy for the remainder of the season, European qualification is still in Leicester’s sights. The Foxes are 28/1 to finish in the top six and make the Europa League this season – make sure that before wagering check out reviews like these to ensure the site is reputable and you’re getting the best odds. 

The tale of Wagatha Christie

In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few years, you may have missed one of the funniest stories to come out of the football world. On October 9, 2019, Colleen Rooney set the internet on fire with one simple twitter post. She started by saying that “for a few years” someone had been leaking stories from Rooney’s personal and private Instagram account to The Sun newspaper. She said she had her suspicions as to who it was, but to make sure, she blocked all of her other followers and posted a series of made up stories to see if they would appear in the tabloid newspaper. These included stories such as one about gender selection in Mexico, a flooded basement, and returning to TV. “And you know what, they did!” she wrote. “I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.” This led to Rooney being nicknamed ‘Wagatha Christie’.

The post currently has 288.4 likes on Twitter, and was one of the highlights of the internet from 2019. Vardy issued a public statement later that day denying Rooney’s claims, saying “I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.” She also claimed that “various people” had access to her Instagram account, and added: “I’m not being funny, but I don’t need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you?” She also said that she was “so upset” Rooney had made a public announcement on Twitter rather than speak to her directly.

Eight months later, news emerged that Vardy had launched a £1m High Court defamation lawsuit against Rooney over the accusations. Tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror wrote at the time: ​​“The pair are set to clash in court in what could be the most explosive celebrity case of all time.” By November of 2020, the first stage of the libel action began, and the case began to gather steam. It’s been quite quiet in the news regarding the Wagatha Christie case for a while, but it has reappeared in the news in recent months and the full trial is due to take place in May.

How the case is affecting Jamie Vardy’s form

The brilliant chant of “Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass” started on October 20, 2019, not long after the story first broke the internet when Burnley fans sang it at the King Power Stadium, drawing audible laughter from the home fans. However, Burnley lost 2-1 that day, and it should be no surprise who the main man for Leicester was. The Foxes went 1-0 down, but it was Vardy who would head home the equaliser just before the half-time break, followed up by him running towards the away fans and cupping his ears in celebration. 

Three years later and Vardy is still getting stick from opposition fans and giving it back in equal measure. Both times Leicester has faced Burnley this year, fans of the Lancashire club have brought back the chant they started and seen it backfire as the former England marksman put the game to bed to make it 2-0 in the 90th minute of their game at Turf Moor in March 2022, and scored twice in a 2-2 draw in September. Burnley fans aren’t the only ones who have sang the ‘grass’ chant at Vardy and paid the price, Crystal Palace and Watford have done it too. Vardy netted against the Eagles in their 2-2 draw in October 2021 just minutes after the now infamous chant could be heard from the home fans at Selhusrt park. On November 28, 2021, the chant could be heard from the away fans as Watford travelled to the King Power and again Vardy had the last laugh though, scoring two fantastic first half goals as they would go on to win 4-2. 

In conclusion, if you’re a football fan that supports a team up against Jamie Vardy and you’re in the stands, don’t sing the chant. Look, it’s absolutely brilliant, we all know it’s absolute comedy and it’s fun to know you’ve got on Jamie Vardy’s nerves. But almost every time fans sing it at him, he scores. Jamie Vardy lives off making people angry, it’s like oxygen to him, so if you’re going to sing it at him and he scores within minutes of you doing it, don’t get annoyed when he cups his ears at you and mouths off. The Premier League is a better place because Jamie Vardy is in it. Everyone loves the back and forth banter between him and the fans, and he is a truly great character, and Premier League legend.

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