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31 May 2015, 15:35
Three Leicester City players have been sent home early from Thailand and apologised after a video appeared online apparently showing players making a racist slur against a Thai woman.
The video appears to show three players, including manager Nigel Pearson's son, involved in sexual acts with three Thai women.
One is then referred to using a racist term.
The club have very close links to Thailand with owners Thai billionaires Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha having poured millions into the team.
The tourism authority Amazing Thailand is one of the sponsors on the Foxes shirts.
The club have released the following statement:
A Leicester City spokesman said:"The Board of Leicester City Football Club is deeply concerned about an incident involving three of our young professionals during a recent trip to Thailand. Our 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.
“Following a preliminary meeting in consultation with the three players earlier today, the players involved in the incident are now returning to the UK, in advance of the rest of the squad.
Tom Hopper, James Pearson and Adam Smith would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the Club and its owners, to the Club’s fans and to their families.
“A formal process of investigation will be undertaken with the players in conjunction with their representatives and, as such, no further comment can be made at this stage.
“Leicester City remains wholly committed to promoting equality in football and in wider society and to our players recognising their responsibilities as role models to young people.”