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Journalist accepts Nigel Pearson's 'ostrich rant' apology

The journalist who was at the wrong end of a bizarre rant by Nigel Pearson, who branded him an ostrich during last night's post-match press conference, has accepted the Leicester manager's apology.

Pearson apologised in person this afternoon at another press conference previewing the club's match this weekend.

Ian Baker tweeted afterwards to say that the apology was accepted.

Nigel Pearson apologises to journalist he branded an ostrich

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has apologised to the journalist who he called an ostrich.

Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

The Foxes boss took exception during a post-match press conference to being asked what criticism of his players had upset him over the season and hinted he felt his players had been given unfair criticism this season.

If you don't know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no."

– Nigel Pearson

Leicestershire Police release statement over IPCC investigation

Leicestershire Police have released a statement following the news that they will be investigated by the IPCC over its handling of sexual abuse allegations against Lord Greville Janner.

Leicestershire Police have released a statement Credit: PA

We very much welcome the decision by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to conduct an independent investigation into the issues we initially referred to them last September. Now this decision has been taken it would be inappropriate to make comment on any of the issues to be investigated until the IPCC has completed its work."

– Spokesman for Leicestershire Police
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Leicestershire Police investigated over Janner allegations

The IPCC is investigating Leicestershire Police over its handling of sexual abuse allegations against Lord Greville Janner.

Lord Janner is accused of a string of abuses during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s Credit: PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is independently investigating Leicestershire Police's handling of allegations of sexual abuse by Lord Janner and other individuals.

The allegations were made in 1991, 2001 and 2008.

The IPCC investigation is in its early stages and terms of reference will be set in due course.”

– IPCC

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West Ham boss defends Nigel Pearson over ostrich rant

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Leicester boss Nigel Pearson after he was branded a bully for a bizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist "an ostrich".

Sam Allardyce Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pearson received widespread disapproval for his outburst at a reporter following the Foxes' 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at the King Power Stadium last night.

But Allardyce has leapt to the defence of his fellow manager.

When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it. What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that - what a load of rubbish. It's an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple."

– Sam Allardyce
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