English Premier League outfit Leicester City has sacked the three players at the centre of a sex-tape scandal during the club’s end-of-season tour to Thailand last month.
James Pearson, 22, who is Leicester manager Nigel Pearson’s son, Tom Hopper, 21, and Adam Smith, 22, all had their contracts cancelled.
In the video, the players could be seen taking part in an orgy with young Thai women, abusing them terms such as “slit eye” and “minging” as they performed sex acts. They reportedly then sent the video to some friends back home, before it was exposed by British media.
“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 club said in a statement.
It added: “Leicester City Football Club is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Club’s supporters. It is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality.”
The incident is a major embarrassment to the club, which had much to look forward to after a dramatic relegation escape in the second half of the Premier League season. Matters were made worse by the fact that the club is owned by Thai millionaires Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who have invested heavily in the club.
The club also has a close relationship with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with the ‘Amazing Thailand’ branding appearing on the back of Leicester’s shirts.