Kick It Out back Foxes inquiry

Three members of the Foxes squad were??reportedly??filmed in a hotel room with Thai women during a tour of the country to celebrate Leicester avoiding relegation??from the Premier League.

Defender James Pearson – the son of manager Nigel – striker Tom Hopper and goalkeeper Adam Smith have all been sent home early from the club’s post-season trip.

The video appears to show the three men naked in a hotel room laughing while they make racist and crude remarks as Thai women engage in sex acts.

The Barclays Premier League club are owned by father and son Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who are from Thailand.

A statement read: “Kick It Out acknowledges the swift action taken by Leicester City Football Club in sending home the three players involved in the incident reported in the national media from the club’s post-season tour of Thailand to conduct a thorough investigation.

“Kick It Out notes that the players involved have apologised to the women involved and to those affected by their abhorrent behaviour.

“Professional footballers are reminded of their responsibilities as ambassadors for clubs, supporters, the local community and the game as a whole.

“If the investigation finds that the players have committed gross misconduct, we expect the club to take the appropriate sanction, as would occur within any workplace.

“In addition, the Football Association has been made aware of the incident and is liaising with the club to determine the facts.

“Kick It Out continues to offer its support and advice to the club at this time and will await the findings of their internal investigation.”

Manager Pearson is a patron of anti-racism education charity Show Racism the Red Card and the group feels the players should be educated along with any punishment.

“In most industries if you’re caught doing something like that you would be sacked for misconduct,” said campaign coordinator Gavin Sutherland.

“However, it’s an opportunity for them to learn and grow. Sometimes punishment without education is not as effective as it could be.

“If they were to drop out of football altogether they could resent that and the attitude could become ingrained. It will be interesting to see what happens, there will be some punishment.

“We always say to young people if they have been racist before it does not mean they have to continue to be racist. They are young men and it provides an opportunity to learn from their mistakes.”

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