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Jamie Vardy branded Twitter trolls 'shocking and vile' for the threats they made against his daughterGetty

England footballer Jamie Vardy has attacked Twitter trolls after they posted "shocking and vile" sexual threats against his one-year-old daughter. The abuse came after the Leicester City striker's fiancé tweeted a picture of their toddler wearing a Foxes football shirt ahead of their match with Southampton on Sunday (3 April).

A series of sexual threats were then made on Twitter in response to the pictures. Vardy branded them "shocking and vile", while fiancé Rebekah Nicholson replied to one tweet saying: "There are no words for people like you! You need locking up."

Other Twitter users also slammed the abuse. One said: "The tweets directed at Jamie Vardy's daughter are disgusting. Petty football fans who's only comeback is to target an innocent child." Another added: "The tweets concerning Jamie Vardy's daughter are an absolute disgrace. Ban these disgusting people from football completely and more."

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said on Monday it was probing whether an offence had been committed. They said: "Leicestershire Police is investigating a report of malicious communication being sent via social media. A report was made today (Monday 4 April) of an abusive message being received yesterday evening (Sunday 3 April) by a woman on Twitter.

"Enquiries remain ongoing and the force is liaising with Leicester City Football Club."

Leicester City football club also branded the abuse "shocking", with a spokesman saying: "We have offered our full support to Jamie and his family in dealing with this shocking abuse and referred the matter to the police."

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Jamie Vardy posted a screenshot of the abuse, censored here, on his Twitter accountTwitter