It was revealed on Tuesday that Lee Chapman, the man famous for looking like Jamie Vardy, has been blocked on social media by both the striker and his new wife, Rebekah.
The Vardy lookalike was also sent a strongly-worded text message from agent John Morris, according to The Sun, warning him that he faces legal action if he damages his client’s image or lucrative endorsement deals by impersonating the Leicester City and England striker.
Since the story broke, both Vardy and his wife have received messages on Twitter urging them to unblock Lee, a Leicester fan who has taken a six-month break from his job as a postman in order to work as the footballer’s double.
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While he remains blocked by Vardy who, to be fair, is currently focused on representing England at this summer’s European Championships in France, Rebekah has now hit the ‘unblock’ button on Twitter.
Responding to a tweet urging her to show some leniency towards the 29-year-old postman, Rebekah responded: “He seems a nice guy and I still wish him all the best 😊“.
Lee: Mrs Vardy has unblocked me
Lee then confirmed on Wednesday morning: “Mrs Vardy has unblocked me now Blake thanks sadly Jamie's Management still have me blocked over 1 million tweets”.
Lee was 'genuinely upset'
Lee’s agent - no, we’re not making that up - confirmed his client was having second thoughts about whether or not to carry on working as Vardy’s lookalike following the recent turn of events.
“Lee is genuinely upset,” James Austin told The Sun. “He’s a true Leicester fan and Jamie is his idol. He would never do anything to bring his hero, Vardy, into disrepute.
“He doesn’t know what he has done to upset them. It’s so bad he was thinking of simply giving up.”
Meanwhile, Vardy’s agent, who works for Key Sports Management, told reporters: “I wish Lee all the best. I’ve met him and he comes across as a really nice guy.
“If anything happens to anybody whether you are a sports person or a movie star you have to be protected.
“I don’t know anything about Lee being blocked on Twitter.”
Unlikely star of Leicester's title-winning campaign
Lee became an unlikely star of Leicester City’s remarkable title-winning campaign.
The postie was hauled onto the team bus during their celebrations, he was called a “full-kit w***er” by his hero, and even managed to blag an invite to a team meal.
The dream appeared to have turned sour for the Foxes fan this week but, just like the Leicester fairytale, perhaps there will be a happy ending after all.
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