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Leicester celebrates as 240,000 join Foxes stars on title victory parade

By Matt McGeehan

Almost a quarter of a million fans packed Leicester's streets to salute the Foxes' Premier League triumph as captain Wes Morgan admitted he struggled to take it in.

The team and boss Claudio Ranieri paraded the trophy on an open-top bus tour through the city with Leicester rock band Kasabian finishing the show at Victoria Park where thousands had gathered.

The club's official estimate was that around 240,000 watched the parade and flooded into Victoria Park, where the club's title party ended to raucous scenes.

Morgan and his team-mates set off from a packed Jubilee Square with the trophy - just two years after winning the Championship and only 12 months after beating relegation back to the second tier.

The skipper helped lead the Foxes to the top - where they finished 10 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal - and conceded it still feels like a dream.

"We shouldn't be in this position, but we are. We are trying to let it sink in still, we are champions and we are going to embrace it. I feel very proud," he said.

"I'm a bit tired so I do want the season to end. It's been a long season, but it's been an unbelievable one. Looking out you feel very proud, seeing all the people, flags, everyone enjoying themselves and it shows what we have achieved this season. I'm trying to let the moment sink in."

Leicester were 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season after Ranieri replaced Nigel Pearson in the summer.

Austria international Christian Fuchs, a summer signing, echoed Morgan's thoughts.

He said: "It's outstanding and just shows how much support we have. I cannot believe it yet.

"After the last game at Chelsea you kind of get a taste, but I'm still not there that I can tell what happened. During the vacation and during the Euros I'll be able to realise.

"We have duties, the Euros are coming up. You can still be happy and have a little party, but not extensive. We produced a lot of special moments."

Winger Marc Albrighton said the squad were blown away by the reception.

"We knew there would be a lot of people, but we weren't expecting that," he said. "We looked up and saw the long high street packed with people. It just went on for ages, a sea of blue. It is memories that will last a lifetime.

"We had people swinging on lampposts, hanging out of windows. We had been told to expect a lot of people in the park, but you don't realise it until you are out there and you see it.

"You stand on the stage and just say to yourself, 'wow'."

• Chelsea and Tottenham have been handed fines of £375,000 and £225,000 respectively following the fall-out from their feisty Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on May 2. The match produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls.

• Sheffield Wednesday last night drew 1-1 at Brighton to reach the Championship play-off final with a 3-1 aggregate win. They now are likely to face Hull in the decider as they are 3-0 up on Derby after their first leg.

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