Three Leicester City players have apologized after they were filmed in an orgy with a Thai woman who was racially abused. Footage apparently showing development squad members including the striker Tom Hopper, the goalkeeper Adam Smith and the 22-year-old defender James Pearson, the son of manager Nigel Pearson.
The players, have returned to England early from the club’s Thailand tour and the official said they “would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behavior; to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families.”
One of the men in the video, which was shot in Thailand, can be heard using a racist insult against a woman.The men appear to be naked and laughing while the video is filmed, obtained by the Sunday Mirror.In a clip of the video posted on the newspaper’s website, one of the men appears to be heard calling one of the women a “slit eye” in a racist slur.
One of the footballers is also apparently heard making derogatory comments about one of the women’s looks, saying she is “minging … an absolute one out of 10”.The footage was apparently filmed while the team was in Thailand celebrating staying up in the Premier League.
Earlier Leicester City had released a statement saying: “We take the conduct of our players at every level extremely seriously and will take appropriate action, if necessary, once the full facts of the situation have been established. Pending the outcome of an internal investigation the club will make no further comment.”
The board of Leicester City is deeply concerned, stating:“Players at every level are expected to behave as representatives and ambassadors for our football club, both on official club duty and in their personal lives, so we treat their conduct extremely seriously.”
Fans of the club shared their disgust on the forum FoxesTalk, where one posted: “Get rid of them, never getting near our squad anyway.”Another wrote: “Disgusting and inexcusable behaviour, exactly the sort of stuff that gives British tourists a bad name when we go abroad.It’s especially disappointing given the efforts the owners are going to ensure we’re a popular club in Thailand.”
Leicester City is owned by Thai billionaires, father and son Vichai and AiyawattSrivaddhanaprabha.Commenting on the partnership last year, Susan Whelan, Leicester City’s chief executive, said:“We’re absolutely thrilled to continue to work with the Tourism Authority of Thailand during the 2014-15 season.”