Sports News of Monday, 14 December 2015
Ghana defender Jeff Schlupp is among Leicester City players who were spotted showing off their fancy footwork in the Danish capital Copenhagen on a boozy £150,000 Christmas bash.
Several players of the surprise Premier League title challengers opted to travel to Copenhagen to go on a dancing and cash splashing spree after they were given two days off following their 3-0 thrashing of Swansea last week.
The victory sent them to the top of the table and following coach Claudio Ranieri’s decision to give them some days off, the players opted to go to Copenhagen to party.
To disguise themselves, Schlupp and his team-mates dressed like clowns on Christmas party as the Ghanaian and his team-mates returned to their hotel at 4.30am after their club party went into extra time and perhaps penalty shoot-out.
The club’s history making striker Jamie Vardy challenged a blonde clubber to a pull-up contest as the players squandered bottles of champagne and £1,000 bottles of Ciroc vodka at VIP tables that cost £500 a night.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: “They weren’t holding back. The club was packed and they were going wild.
“They hired at least four VIP tables. The bar bill was astronomical.”
There is no evidence Schlupp took the strong alcohol.
A day after their showing at the Zen nightclub, the Leicester City team headed for a local pub where they dressed like batman and his crew with Schlupp being the black power ranger as they downed bottles of Guinness.
Matty James was dressed like the blue Ninja, Danny Drinkwater decked out as red Ninja and Ben Hamer was the purple Ninja.
Strongman Nathan Dyer was the Ironman and Robert Huth took the role of Batman.
Despite concerns that the excessive enjoyment could take a toll in the team, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri revealed that the players went to Denmark with his approval. He said: “They enjoyed it. I’m very happy with this English tradition.”
A statement released by Leicester City said: “Club management used a nine-day break between fixtures to grant first team players two days off ahead of a demanding December schedule.
“A proportion of the squad took the opportunity to use this free time for an independent trip which was authorised, but neither organised nor funded, by the club.
“All players returned to resume club duties on time after this agreed period of leave, ensuring the squad could appropriately prepare for Monday’s fixture against Chelsea.”