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Leicester forward Jamie Vardy wants to put casino race slur behind him

first_img It has led to comparisons with former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker – flattering comments but Vardy is more aware than most how quickly he can be “chucked out of that bracket”. “The secret’s just lots and lots of hard work and the motivation that this is exactly what I want to be doing,” he said ahead of Monday’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania. “It’s putting into practice on the training field, making sure that it’s there on matchday. “As long as I put the work in all the way to the training field, or even if it’s just in the back garden at home, it needs to be done to make sure you better yourself and you can make that transition and the step up.” Hard work and dedication has been a hallmark of Vardy’s career, which started at boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday before taking him to Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax, Fleetwood and then Leicester. He will forever be thankful to Nigel Pearson for giving him a chance at the King Power Stadium, where the Foxes are flying high in fifth under successor Claudio Ranieri. “When he came in, he said he watched us all the way through the end of the season when we were on our great run – the ‘great escape’ as it was called in the papers,” Vardy said. “He said he didn’t want to change much. He saw what we had and what was good and just wanted to change slight little things, and that is what he’s done. “He’s not changed the way we play, he’s kept that all the same and is so tactically bright with the opposition. “He’s constantly watching the next opponents and even when we’ve played them we might do a few tactics on the Monday about the game we just had. “So he’s brilliant tactics-wise and it is working for us.” A season that started off so badly is now shaping up to be one to remember for Vardy, with a place in the Euro 2016 squad tantalisingly close for a player that a few years ago was grabbing fast-food on the way to training after a long day at work. “No one can take their place for granted,” Vardy said. “It’s all up to me. “If I want to be in that squad, I’ve got to keep banging in the goals. “I need to make sure I stay in the manager’s plans, and if I’ve done that come summer we’ll see.” The 28-year-old Leicester and England forward made headlines for all the wrong reasons in August, when footage emerged showing him racially abusing a fellow gambler. Leicester handed Vardy a substantial fine and ordered diversity awareness training after an incident which has understandably taken the gloss off the striker’s remarkable start to the season. Press Association Jamie Vardy will always regret using a racial slur during a casino bust-up, but is desperate to move on and let his “feet do the talking”. Seven goals in eight matches puts the Englishman top of the Premier League scoring charts and it is form he wants to continue as he tries to move on from that shameful moment. “I regretted it massively,” Vardy said. “It was very uncharacteristic of me and that is why I wanted to meet the chap himself. “We sat down and had a chat and just said it was literally silly, stupid. Things were said on both sides, we shook hands and that was it, it was done. “As far as I’m concerned I just want to concentrate on my football now and let my feet do the talking. “I appreciate all the backing that I had. There was a lot of support out there and it was a massive learning curve. “It was uncharacteristic and stupid of me but I’ve learnt my lesson and moved on and just want to concentrate on my football.” City’s decision not to sack the striker was perhaps a catalyst for this season’s fine form, having risen from non-league football to enjoy the best form of his career. last_img read more

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first_imgThe Earagail Arts Festival have officially launched a jam-packed, fun-filled festival programme at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny today. Now in its 26th year, the festival is a two week celebration of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival.Taking place from Saturday, 12th – 26th July, Earagail Arts Festival is one of the flagship Donegal events along the Wild Atlantic Way. This year’s festival has something for everyone, from family and outdoor events to theatre, comedy, art, workshops and music from all corners of the world.The launch was attended by a host of special guests and friends of the festival and included a range of performances by local musicians and artists.The festival’s centre-piece production is ‘Fiesta’, a new play celebrating one of the finest dance halls in Ireland. Running from Saturday 12th to Monday 14th July, ‘Fiesta’ is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the music, memories and stories that made the Fiesta Ballroom in Letterkenny so unique.Other highlights of the festival programme include ‘I Do’, ‘Bombino’, ‘Melting Pod Finale, ‘Imaginarium’ and ‘The Drive-In.’ Donegal County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely said, “I am delighted to welcome this 26th edition of the Earagail Arts Festival, which continues to act as an annual high profile focus in the county for the very best of contemporary and traditional, local and visiting Irish and international arts.“This year’s festival has benefited from the input of a rich vein of artistic partners which together showcase the vibrancy, resilience, depth of imagination and community focus that characterises the cultural sector in the county today.Adding to this, Úna Mc Carthy, Head of Festivals & Events, Arts Council of Ireland said, “The Earagail Arts Festival exudes a strong sense of place and identity and continues to deliver a high quality programme which reaches audiences in strategic and surprising ways.Festival Director, Paul Brown said, “Earagail Arts Festival is synonymous with award-winning, ground-breaking international and national music, theatre and visual arts.“The 2014 programme presents new drama that explores the changing patterns of social history in rural Ireland; new site specific theatre, street arts and spectacle; specially commissioned exposés of native spoken word and a host of international music collaborations that bring together local and international players from as far afield as Japan, Egypt, Spain and the United States. “This year we’re inviting everyone to come along and immerse themselves in the real culture of Donegal.Joan Crawford, Client Services Manager, Fáilte Ireland said, “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to again support the Earagail Arts Festival as the flagship cultural event in Donegal with appeal to visitors from all over the world.“The festival achieved significant global recognition with its Homecoming Gathering event in 2013 which leaves it well positioned to grow international bednights for 2014.”Hosting a vibrant and varied programme throughout Inishowen, Letterkenny and west Donegal, Earagail Arts Festival features the best of local and international performances. Pick up a copy of the programme today and start planning your summer of festival fun. For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ieEaragail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL OFFICIALLY LAUNCH 2014 BROCHURE was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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