Reggae Boyz international and Leicester captain Wes Morgan has faced an avalanche of criticism after he recently thanked booted coach Claudio Ranieri via the social media platform Twitter.
Morgan on Saturday expressed his gratitude to Ranieri for realizing the impossible and wished the Italian coach well in his future endeavors.
“Would just like to say a big thank you to Claudio for what was achieved at Leicester and becoming Premier League champions and competing in the Champions League. This is something I never thought was possible and it happened. It was a pleasure to be your captain and I wish you all the best in the future.” Morgan wrote.
The message was, however, for the most part not warmly received as reports in several media outlets suggest Morgan was one of four player who spoke to club chairman MorVichai Srivaddhanaprabha, as well as director of football John Rudkin, as results deteriorated. The responses accused the player of being a traitor, with several snake emojis also used to express displeasure.
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Ranieri led underdogs Leicester City to the Premier League title one season ago, but this season the club struggles to stave off relegation.
The 65-year-old coach was unceremoniously ditched last week. Striker Jamie Vardy, another individual that was listed as one of the four being accused of betraying the manager also took to social media to strongly deny the involvement of any player in the decision.