Leicester City has cut ties with three youth players, including manager Nigel Pearson’s son, after an internal investigation into the trio’s controversial and racist sex tape from a tour of Thailand.
James Pearson, Adam Smith and Tom Hopper didn’t play for Leicester last season — all were on loan to lower division sides — and neither will this season after a video surfaced of them in a brothel with sex workers, one of whom was racially-taunted.
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The postseason tour of Thailand was a celebration of the Foxes’ Premier League survival after a long fight with the drop zone.
Leicester, which is owned by Thai business, said it took the strongest possible action to show it is “committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality.”
English soccer’s anti-racism organization, Kick It Out, said it hopes Leicester’s action sets the “decision-making pattern for the future,” given that clubs rarely fire players for misconduct.
“Leicester have set the right tone to allow football to assert itself in setting and maintaining the correct standards of conduct to enhance the game’s image here and abroad as a source for good,” Kick It Out chairman Herman Ouseley said.
“For too long, decision makers at the top of the game have been reluctant to make responsible and authoritative decisions, as employers, to deal effectively and decisively with incidents of serious misconduct and unprofessional behavior, as well as applying appropriate sanctions.”
We saw this coming once the original story and video leaked, as even being the manager’s son can’t save a job in a situation this unsavory.