I am struck by how some people are upset by the fact that an article written for an American newspaper follows American usage when it comes to the pronouns to refer to sports teams.
The use of "it" rather than "they" to refer to Leicester City reflects the difference between American and British English usage of nouns that refer to entities that consist of groups of people. Examples of these are "team", "committee" and "government". In American English these nouns are treated as singular and are thus used with singular verbs (e.g. "the team is playing well", "the committee has dec