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Footballers in 'racial abuse orgy'

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has campaigned against racism in the past
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has campaigned against racism in the past

Premier League club Leicester City have been rocked by a race scandal after three players were allegedly filmed in an orgy with a Thai woman who was racially abused.

The club is owned by Thai billionaires and the shocking video was reportedly filmed while players were touring the country celebrating staying up in football's top flight.

The video allegedly shows defender James Pearson, 22, the son of the club's manager Nigel, naked in a hotel room as Thai women are filmed engaged in sex acts.

It is alleged he is joined by striker Tom Hopper, 21 and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, who appear to be shown lying naked in a bed laughing as the video is filmed.

In a clip of the video, one of the men appears to be heard calling one of the women a "slit eye" in a racist slur.

And later one calls one of the women "minging - an absolute one out of ten" as his friends laugh.

Other offensive comments are made to the women as the players appear to laugh and egg each other on.

It is alleged the trio shared the explicit video with friends back in the UK.

Today the club refused to comment on the scandal, but fans told of their disgust on the fans forum FoxesTalk.

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 to ensure we're a popular club in Thailand."

The club's manager Nigel Pearson has campaigned against racism and is a patron of the charity Show Racism the Red Card.

And the scandal is likely to anger Leicester's Thai billionaire owners, father and son Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who have pumped millions into the club and worked hard to establish it a large fanbase in Thailand.

Leicester have been in "strategic, international partnership" with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for three years.

The tourism authority's Amazing Thailand branding is on the back of team shirts.

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.

"Their support in the last two years has been vital in helping us promote Leicester City to a Thai audience and in reaching our goals closer to home."

And Thawatchai Arunyik, governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand, said: "We are very proud to be working with Leicester City and its supporters, who have embraced the club's increasingly strong association with Thailand and given the nation a Premier League football club its people can take to their hearts."