Three shamed Leicester players who allegedly filmed themselves in an orgy in which a Thai woman was racially abused were flying home on Monday morning amid calls for them to be sacked.
The Premier League club said they were "deeply concerned" and have launched an investigation after the emergence of footage apparently showing three squad members in a sex session in which a woman is called a "slit eye".
Defender James Pearson, 22 - the son of the club's manager Nigel - striker Tom Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, all appear naked in the video, obtained by the Sunday Mirror.
In a statement the club, owned by Thai billionaires, said the players "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".
But fans and members of the Thai community have called for the trio to be sacked, and the players were flying back to the UK where they will be investigated by the midlands club.
The Executive Director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) has accused three Leicester City Football Club players of being "privileged young men" who are "exerting their power" over women and "demeaning them sexually and racially abusing them".
It's after a sexually explicit video emerged of three players allegedly filming themselves in Thailand, in which a Thai woman was racially abused. The players have apologised amid calls for them to be sacked.
Leicester City is owned by father and son Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha from Thailand. Manager Nigel Pearson, who's son James was named as one of those allegedly taking part in the video, is a patron of the charity Show Racism the Red Card, which uses football to campaign against racism in the sport.
"There is no point in pretending that videos like this aren't made and shared all the time, but the arrogance of doing it while on a goodwill trip to the country of your owners, the people paying your salaries, is mind-blowing.
The fact that they are Premier League footballers, and one of them is the manager's son, means that there is a responsibility to behave, like it or not. I hear Nigel Pearson takes a strong stance against discrimination. It's a shame he hasn't passed the message on to his players and even more of a shame his son doesn't get it."
Three Leicester City footballers who allegedly filmed themselves in a sexually explicit video in Thailand in which a Thai woman was racially abused, have apologised amid calls for them to be sacked.
Leicester City Football Club said it is "deeply concerned" and has launched an investigation after the video emerged in a national newspaper.
It's claimed defender James Pearson, 22 - the son of the club's manager Nigel - striker Tom Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, all appear in the video.
The club has tonight issued a new statement saying the three Premier League players concerned "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".
But some fans and members of the Thai community have called for the three players seen in the video to be sacked.
The trio are flying back to the UK where they will be investigated by the club.
See the full club statement here.
Leicester City Football Club has issued a new statement over allegations about three of their young professionals. It is after a video emerged of them in Thailand.
"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 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.”
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Leicester City Football Club has launched an "internal investigation" after reports three of its players were filmed in a sexually explicit video in which a Thai woman was allegedly racially abused.
The video, obtained by the Sunday Mirror, allegedly shows defender James Pearson, 22, the son of the club's manager Nigel, naked in a hotel room.
It is alleged he is joined by striker Tom Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, who appear to be shown lying naked in a bed laughing as the video is filmed.
One of the stars is reported to appear to call a woman "slit eye" in a race slur.
We take the conduct of our players at every level extremely seriously and will take appropriate action, if necessary, once the full facts of the situation have been established.
Pending the outcome of an internal investigation, the Club will make no further comment.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will be part of Roy Hodgson's 24-man England squad next month.
The Leicester City manager, Nigel Pearson, has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April.
Leicester managed a miraculous turn-around in form in April, winning four games in a row before losing to Chelsea. Another win this month meant they're now one point and two places clear of the relegation places.
Pearson has been joined in the nominations by Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
Two Leicester players have also been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month.
Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel have both been crucial to Leicester's revival in April.
They face competition for the accolade from two other Midlands players too - Christian Benteke has found scoring form once more under Tim Sherwood, while Stoke City's Charlie Adam scored some spectacular goals in April, including a goal-of-the-season contender in the Potters' defeat at Chelsea.
Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.
Leicester City lost out at home to Chelsea, as they bid for a fifth straight win - but they did give the champions-elect a bit of a scare.
The Foxes took the lead late on in the first half through former Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton.
But Chelsea responded immediately in the second half, with Didier Drogba's strike.
Leicester couldn't hold onto the draw though, as a tap in from John Terry and a long-range effort from Ramires guided Chelsea to a 3-1 win, as they get closer to winning the title.
Leicester remain a point outside the bottom three - although Sunderland do have a game in hand and sit just below them - and stay a point below Aston Villa.
Leicester City took the lead late on in the first half of their big Premier League match against league-leaders Chelsea.
Former Aston Villa man Marc Albrighton scored in injury time, to further boost the Foxes' survival hopes.
Leicester were hit with two injury worries in the first half though, Andy King and Robert Huth both had to be replaced.
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