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The racially charged sex-tape scandal that turned Leicester City’s Premier League fortunes around
Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson have had their contracts terminated. : soccer
The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel. Filmed by the players, the footage of the sniggering men was soon revealed by the British tabloid press, shocking the public with the players' crude remarks including calling one of the Thai women a "slit-eye". But while the sex-tape caused outrage, it also ushered in a new era for Leicester as it paved the way for the arrival of manager Claudio Ranieri, who has taken the club to the brink of the Premier League title. After the scandal last May, the players were promptly sacked and pressure mounted on Pearson -- a manager who already had a bruising relationship with the British press. At the start of July, Pearson also exited due to what the club simply described as "fundamental differences in perspective".
English Soccer Club Sacks 3 Players Over Racist Sex Tape
Goalkeeper Adam Smith has been snapped up by League Two fourth tier side Northampton Town on a two-year deal, while striker Tom Hopper has signed a contract with League One third tier Scunthorpe United, with the length of that deal unknown. Smith, Hopper and midfielder James Pearson — the son of Leicester boss Nigel — were sacked earlier this month after a video emerged of the three players racially abusing a Thai women on Leicester's end of season tour of Thailand. The leaked video, from the club's end-of-season "goodwill tour", showed the three players making several crude remarks, including one of two Thai women being called a "slit-eye". Following an internal investigation, Leicester — whose owners are the Thai father-and-son combination of businessmen Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha — terminated the players' contracts. Goalkeeper Smith, who never made a first-team appearance for Leicester, had six loan spells during his time at the King Power Stadium.
Image source, PA. Leicester City have sacked three players, including manager Nigel Pearson's son, after they took part in a racist sex tape filmed on the club's end-of-season tour of Thailand. James Pearson, 22, Tom Hopper, 21, and Adam Smith, 22, had their contracts terminated following an internal investigation by the club. The offending video was obtained by the Sunday Mirror.