'It puts us on the map again' - Jon Ashworth MP praises Leicester City's historic Premier League win

'It puts us on the map again' - Jon Ashworth MP talks about Leicester City FC's historic Premier League win

Leicester fans celebrating wildly after their team became champions

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jon Ashworth claims Leicester's historic Premier League success puts the city "on the map again."

The Foxes clinched the title following Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, defying odds of 5000-1 in what's being called "the greatest sporting fairytale of all time." The club, which narrowly avoided relegation last year, has become champions of England for the first time in their 138-year history. 

And Ashworth, the MP for Leicester South, praised the club for connecting different ethnic groups.

"If you had gone around Leicester last night, you would have seen people of all faiths getting involved in the celebrations," he told Paul Ross.

"Leicester City football club brings together all the diverse communities of the city and I think we should be proud of this." 

Ashworth was confident enrollment in Leicester universities and money made from tourism would increase after the club's triumph.  

"We already have evidence [university] applications go up when the club is in the Premier League," he added. "It puts us on the map again because more people will come to Leicester.

"This will be good for the economy of the city."