The number of Leicester City fans who have been forced to throw a sickie this morning will be incredibly high.
Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea on Monday night means Claudio Ranieri’s side have won the Premier League, and you can forgive players and fans for getting carried away.
The streets of Leicester erupted and for Ian Haughey, it probably wasn’t a good time to be seen near the King Power Stadium.
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Haughey, a car salesman, shares an uncanny resemblance to Jamie Vardy and, as he drove near Leicester’s stadium, his car was immediately surrounded by fans thinking he was actually their star striker.
In the video, brought to our attention by JOE.co.uk, supporters can be seen trying to capture a snap of Var-, Haughey, with one even shouting: “I f***ing love you!”
Leicester fans mistake Haughey for Vardy
There’s talk of a film being made about Vardy’s rise from non-league football to Premier League winner and England international. Haughey should expect a call to play the main character.
The celebrations will continue all week. Heck, they will probably continue all summer.
Leicester secured the title thanks to Chelsea’s second-half comeback against Spurs, the only team who could catch the Foxes.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min looked to have put the champagne on ice but Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard levelled the game at 2-2.
Ranieri silenced the doubters
While Leicester’s players watched the game at Vardy’s house, Ranieri followed along on his return from Italy.
It was the perfect season for a manager who, upon being sacked by Chelsea in 2004, was told by Roman Abramovich that he would never win the title.
The charismatic manager told Leicester’s website: “I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the Chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone.
“I never expected this when I arrived. I’m a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week. Never did I think too much about where it would take us.
“The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be champions.”
Few would argue with that. Leicester’s team isn’t filled with high-profile, expensive stars - Riyad Mahrez, the PFA Player of the Year, cost £400,000 - but they’ve shown a unity and togetherness that has outclassed the league’s big guns.
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