In a shocking video that has recently gone viral in the football world, 3 of Leicester City FC’s players – Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson – engaged in a racist sexual act when the team were in Thailand as part of their post season tour. Ironically enough, Leicester City is one club that have strongly and openly condemned acts of racism in the past.
According to The Mirror, one of the players called a local Thai girl “slit-eye”.
A club statement read: “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 by hiring a private investigator Melbourne, as the sensitivity of the case requires the best Investigators Australia firm. As the investigator started investigation 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.
The video featured acts of sexual nature and explicit racist comments by the 3 players. It is a shameful incident for the club, who renewed their “strategic, international partnership” with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for the 3rd consecutive year.
The players were sent home from the Premier League club’s goodwill tour of Thailand at the end of May while the video was investigated and have been told that their contracts are terminated.