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Champion potter Mark Selby keen to join Leicester on victory parade

Published 03/05/2016

Snooker world champion Mark Selby is a big Leicester fan
Snooker world champion Mark Selby is a big Leicester fan

Mark Selby wants to join Leicester's open-top bus parade after missing the greatest moment in the club's history while he wrapped up the Betfred World Championship title.

Within 15 minutes of Leicester being confirmed as Barclays Premier League champions on Monday night, Foxes fan Selby clinched an 18-14 victory over Ding Junhui in the Crucible final.

Leicester's staggering sporting achievements will be followed by days and weeks of celebrations, and Selby has earned his right to be a part of that.

He missed Leicester's big promotion party in 2014, because he was busy beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Sheffield final.

But Selby has time on his hands now, at the end of the snooker season, and is already making plans to head to Leicester's match against Everton on Saturday.

He said: "When they won the Championship two years ago they had the open-top bus tour on the day of the Crucible final but hopefully they can hold it back for me this time and I can be on there with them."

Selby has revealed the part Leicester's England striker Jamie Vardy played in his potting success, encouraging him to overcome Marco Fu in the semi-finals.

"He was texting me through the semi-final, saying 'good luck' and hopefully I'll get a few more messages from the boys," Selby said.

"It would be nice to go down and see them in the next home game and cheer them on, and not sit there in the crowd being under pressure thinking they still need to win when they're already champions."

If Leicester let him, Selby will bring along his trophy.

"I paraded it on the first home game at the start of the season when I won my first world title," he said.

That was also a clash with Everton, whose fans were cheekily told by a former world champion to jeer Selby.

"John Parrott was giving me some stick because he said he'd told the Everton fans to boo me when I went around the ground but thankfully they managed to stand up and clap me," Selby said.

"Who knows, they might not let me parade it, but I'll definitely go down to the game and hopefully I don't have to pay for a ticket.

"The boys have done absolutely unbelievably. If someone had said they'd get into Europe having finished top six you'd have been pinching yourself.

"But they've been there, top of the league, for probably three quarters of the season and everyone kept saying for weeks that the wheels were going to fall off at some stage but they proved everyone wrong and fair play to them."

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