Leicester City sack three youth players following racist video

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Leicester City have sacked three players following an investigation into their conduct during their post-season tour of Thailand last month.

Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson, the son of Foxes boss Nigel Pearson, have had their contracts terminated for ill-discipline after a video was leaked of them abusing a group of Thai women.

A statement on the club’s website was released at 18:00 on Wednesday evening.

It read: “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.”

The Thai-owned club were still on tour in Thailand when the video of the youth players was released.

Published by the Sunday Mirror, the video shows the players being involved in an orgy with several Thai women before they racially abused them and laughed at each other.

All three players were sent home early from the tour in disgrace, despite them offering “sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, the club’s fans and their families”.

"Shame on those involved. They have no place in our club.”

A petition by Leicester City fans had called on the club to sack them, stating: “As we are a city with ethnic diversity these three players do not deserve to represent our city, as this is not what our city stands for. Shame on those involved they have no place in our club.”

Leicester City have said they will make no further comment on the matter or their investigation.

The Foxes will start their 2015-2016 Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland after the fixtures were released on Wednesday morning.

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