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Leicester players sacked after racist orgy video uncovered

Tom Hopper and Adam Smith (rear)
Tom Hopper and Adam Smith (rear)

Leicester have sacked Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson for their part in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used.

Pearson, son of Foxes boss Nigel, and his two team-mates appeared together in a leaked video from the club's end-of-season 'goodwill tour' of Thailand, during which a variety of crude remarks are made including one of two Thai women being called a "slit-eye".

Tom Hopper

After an internal investigation Leicester, whose owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha are from Thailand, have terminated the trio's contracts.

A club statement read: "Leicester City Football Club has notified Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson that their contracts with the club have been terminated.

"The decision follows the conclusion of an internal investigation and disciplinary proceedings, as a consequence of events that took place during the club's end-of-season goodwill tour of Thailand.

"Leicester City Football Club is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Club's supporters.

James Pearson

"It is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality, and to upholding the standards expected of a club with its history, tradition and aspirations.

"The club will make no further comment on the investigation, its finding or outcomes."

Leicester reacted swiftly when the video surfaced via the Sunday Mirror, sending the players home from the trip and opening proceedings against them.

Adam Smith

A statement on behalf of Hopper, Smith and Pearson was also released offering "sincere apologies to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club's fans and to their families''.

Nigel Pearson, who is a patron of anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, is unlikely to miss the three on a footballing level.

None have played for the Foxes in the league, while last season they were loaned out in the lower leagues - Pearson at Wrexham, Smith at Mansfield and Hopper at Scunthorpe.