Rebekah Vardy denies leaking information from her husband Jamie from the Leicester City locker room that teammates are ‘fussing’ over Riyad Mahrez ‘not coming to training’ while her text messages to her agent are read in the High Court
- Jamie Vardy is drawn into the ongoing High Court case involving his wife
- Rebekah reportedly leaked information about Riyad Mahrez
- Mahrez wanted to leave Leicester and failed to attend training in February 2018
- In a message on WhatsApp, Rebekah wrote: ‘Guys are angry’, about not coming
Rebekah Vardy was trying to ‘do the dirt’ and spill unrest in Leicester City’s locker room when star player Riyad Mahrez went on a ‘strike’, the High Court has learned.
It was heard in court that Vardy (40) contacted her agent Caroline Watt after Mahrez did not show up for training for the second day in a row in 2018.
At the time of the exchange in February, four years ago, Mahrez was seeking a move to Manchester City.
Rebekah Vardy has been questioned about leaking information about Jamie Vardy’s ex-teammate Riyad Mahrez after he failed to show up for training in Leicester
Mahrez, pictured with his wife Taylor Ward, said he left his teammates ‘shocked’
Messages suggested the story was leaked to Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett, who subsequently tweeted upstairs as Mahrez demanded his departure from Leicester.
In a WhatsApp message, Vardy wrote: ‘Mahrez no longer showed up for training. The boys are furious. ‘
Watt suggested she contact TV reporter Rob Dorsett who was one of the reporters who covered the story for Sky Sports News.
Vardy replied that she did not want the story to ‘come back to me’.
Dorsett subsequently tweeted: ‘I was told that Riyad Mahrez did not sign up for #lcfc training this morning. Now he has missed two training sessions and a game, so he technically violated the contract and the strike. Sources say he was depressed after failing to switch to #mcfc. ‘
During cross-examination by Coleen Rooney attorney David Sherborne, she said: ‘It was pretty unheard of for a player to hit once and not come to training.
She said the story of the turmoil in the locker room ‘absolutely 100 percent didn’t come from me’.
Mahrez and Vardy helped take Leicester to the Premier League and were close friends
But she admitted that ‘in a brief moment’ from Watt’s response she seemed ‘ready to do her dirty work’ for her.
She insisted the information did not come from her husband Jamie, the Leicester City star striker. She said; ‘The gossip was already out.’
In the messages, Ms Watt then suggested she could ‘tell someone’ about Mahrez’s absence, and Rebekah replied ‘do it’.
Rebeccah told the High Court that she was ‘just gossiping’ when she sent messages to her agent.
Rebekah Vardy said she was just gossiping and that her husband didn’t tell her that information
Ms. Vardy said, “It was speculation only a fraction of the information I heard and heard, and also read in the press before.”
She added: ‘Yes, it doesn’t look good here, I’ve been gossiping about things we’re already in public. I was just gossiping. ‘
Ms Vardy said she did not know if her wife’s teammates at the time were ‘angry’ because Mr Mahrez did not show up for training.
The court heard that her agent asked if the allegation of ‘smoking’ should be forwarded to a Sky Sports reporter, but Ms Vardy said he was not told that.
Ms. Vardy, 49, (pictured leaving court) said the story of Mahrez did not come from her
Mahrez later secured his dream move in the summer of 2018 for a fee of £ 60 million
She added that her husband ‘never talked about whether the boys were angry’. She admitted that exchanging messages with her agent ‘doesn’t read very well’.
Mr. Sherborne asked her, ‘You wanted Mrs. Watt to do your dirty work, didn’t you’, and she replied ‘yes’.
Mahrez eventually returned to Leicester but secured the transfer he wanted, moving to Manchester City for £ 60m in the summer of 2018.