Footballers ‘race abuse orgy’ probe

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Published: Sunday 31st May 2015 by The News Editor

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Premier league football club Leicester City has launched an internal investigation amid reports that three of its players were filmed in an orgy with a Thai woman who was racially abused.

The players allegedly filmed Thai women engaged in explicit sex acts in a hotel room, where one of the stars appears to call a woman “slit eye” in a race slur.

The video, obtained by the Sunday Mirror, allegedly shows defender James Pearson, 22, the son of the club’s manager Nigel, naked in a hotel room.

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.

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.

A Leicester City spokesman said: “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.”

In the video one of the players also appears to call 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, fans told of their disgust on the fans 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 to ensure we’re a popular club in Thailand.”

All three players alleged to have been involved have taken down their Twitter profiles. But the club declined to comment on whether this was linked to the scandal.

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 City’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 City has been in “strategic, international partnership” with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for three years.

And 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.”

A number of Thai people told of their outrage in comments posted on the Leicester City Facebook page as calls mount for the three players caught up in the storm to be sacked.

An open letter on the site posted by Papitchaya Gully and signed off as “Thai people” says they are “infuriated” at the video and calls for something “to be done”.

Published: Sunday 31st May 2015 by The News Editor

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