'Jamie Vardy should be out of work' - English journalist responds to abuse for calling Leicester star a racist
Published 30/11/2015 | 10:25
A Daily Telegraph sports reporter has responded on Facebook after he was subjected to online abuse after calling Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy a racist.
The in-form Foxes striker broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record at the weekend when he found the back of th net for the 11th consecutive match in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The 28-year-old, who was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town just three years ago, has received widespread praise for his goal scoring exploits this season and has been linked with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Earlier this year the England international apologised for his "appalling" behaviour at a casino with some of his team-mates which captured on camera.
Vardy could be heard loudly repeating the word “Jap” three times during a heated bust-up after he felt a middle-aged man behind him was looking at his cards.
“I wholeheartedly apologise for any offence I’ve caused," he said afterwards. "It was a regrettable error in judgement I take full responsibility for and I accept my behaviour was not up to what’s expected of me.”
After breaking the record on Saturday evening, Telegraph writes Jonathan Liew tweeted: "Well done Jamie Vardy, you massive racist."
Liew was heavily criticised and abused by some for the tweet and yesterday posted a message on his Facebook page to discuss the matter further.
Well done Jamie Vardy, you massive racist.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) November 28, 2015
"So I’ve been getting a bit of “heat” overnight – mostly from Leicester fans, but not entirely – for pointing out that Jamie Vardy is a racist," he begins.
"Vardy, in case you’re not aware, was caught on camera abusing a man of east Asian origin in a casino in August. The responses seem to fall into four main categories. Let’s deal with them one at a time."
He deals with the arguments put forward in defence of Vardy and concludes by suggesting that Vardy should be doing far more to tackle the issue if he truly is sorry for his actions.
"My view is this: racists should be pariahs. They should be punished with the full fist of the law and beaten down by the crushing yoke of public opinion.
"They should be out of a job. They should be out of friends. They should have to get on their knees and beg us all for forgiveness.
"Vardy should be out of work right now. But seeing as he's not, he can use his platform. He should be speaking out against racism at every opportunity.
"I completely understand if you don’t share this view. But there’s a victim here, and it’s not me and it’s not you. And it’s certainly not the England footballer with an 11-game scoring streak and the admiration of millions."