Report: Pearson’s firing due to Leicester players’ racist sex tape scandal, “definitely not a football issue”

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Nigel Pearson was fired Tuesday from his post as Leicester City manager due to the racist sex tape that got his son and two other players fired, according to the BBC’s Pat Murphy.

Pearson led the Foxes to promotion and then to an improbable run to Premier League safety by posting the league’s best record over the final nine matches of the season, but that success was colored by several bizarre off-field incidents culminating in the sex tape scandal involving his son James.

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Less than two weeks after his son was fired, Pearson met the same fate.

From the BBC:

The issue was the final straw in the deteriorating relationship between the owners and Pearson.

BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy has learned that the 51-year-old’s sacking was “definitely not a football issue”.

Murphy said that the Thai owners acted because they were concerned about damage to the club’s reputation, while a Leicester statement said the relationship between Pearson and the board was “no longer viable”.

Murphy added: “There is no doubt that the image and the reputation of the club in their homeland of Thailand has been damaged by the behaviour of, among others, the manager’s son James on the ‘goodwill’ tour to Thailand.”

Some are questioning whether the firing is fair to Pearson, but this is a man who was widely-reported to have been fired in February. He managed on the edge, even pinning down an opposing player by the throat, and that perhaps made it easier for his bosses to set him free.

Now the question remains, will either side be able to rebound from the latest incident? Pearson will get another chance somewhere, and can the Foxes capitalize on the on-field momentum they gained last season without the man who got it kickstarted?