Leicester City have terminated the contracts of Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson after they appeared in a sex tape using racist language during an end-of-season tour, the Premier League club have announced.
Pearson, 22 – son of Leicester manager Nigel Pearson – striker Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Smith, 22, could be seen in the video naked along with more than one woman during the club's recent tour of Thailand.
During the footage, allegedly shared with friends back in the UK and obtained by the Mirror, one of footballers can be heard calling one of the woman a “slit eye”.
A club statement read: "Leicester City Football Club has notified Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson that their contracts with the club have been terminated.
"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.
"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, and to upholding the standards expected of a Club with its history, tradition and aspirations.
"The Club will make no further comment on the investigation, its finding or outcomes."
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