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Local Bishop "delighted" with Leicester City after Premier League title

The people of Leicester celebrate their team's Premier League title. Bishop Patrick McKinney said he was "delighted" with the team. - REUTERS

The people of Leicester celebrate their team's Premier League title. Bishop Patrick McKinney said he was "delighted" with the team. - REUTERS

03/05/2016 14:19

(Vatican Radio) Leicester City F.C. winning the Premier League title is a “fairy tale,” according to the local Catholic Bishop.

Bishop Patrick McKinney of the Diocese of Nottingham (in which the city of Leicester is located) told Vatican Radio he was “delighted” for the football team, the morning after Monday evening’s 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur ensured Leicester City’s lead was insurmountable.

Listen to the interview with Bishop Patrick McKinney:

 “It is a wonderful story of a small club with not a lot of money, and players that were rejected and came from lower divisions, moulded together into a fantastic team who have overcome the most powerful and affluent teams in the Premiership,” – Bishop McKinney – “It’s a great story, and I am delighted for the team. I’m delighted particularly for the supporters and all the people within the Nottingham Diocese who are supporters and who follow Leicester City.”

The team had been 5000-1 underdogs after a relegation battle last season, and most pundits predicted they would once again find themselves in the second-tier Championship.

“I think so many people in the country are delighted that the underdog, the small team, the team that was expected to go down – to  be relegated – this season have confounded all the experts, and are the champions,” Bishop McKinney said.

Although there are two games remaining in the 2015-2016 campaign, all eyes are fixed on next season, when Leicester City will not only be defending their Premier League title, but will also be competing for the first time in the UEFA Champions League.

“It is a wonderful story, but it would be shame if it was just a one-season story,” Bishop McKinney said. “I want to believe, and I want to pray, that they can build upon this and be successful for many years to come.”

03/05/2016 14:19