Leicester City to investigate claims of Jamie Vardy’s racism

England international forward allegedly used racist language in casino

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has issued an apology through the Premier League club. Photograph: PA.

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has issued an apology through the Premier League club. Photograph: PA.

 

Leicester City will investigate a “regrettable error in judgement” by forward Jamie Vardy, after the England international was filmed allegedly using racist language in a casino.

The Sun on Sunday released footage that appears to show him abusing a fellow gambler in a casino.

In a statement released by Leicester, the 28-year-old said: ”I wholeheartedly apologise for any offence I’ve caused. It was a regrettable error in judgement I take full responsibility for and I accept my behaviour was not up to what’s expected of me.”

Leicester issued their own response, promising to look into the incident.

“We expect the highest standards from our players on and off the pitch and for them to set an example as role models in our community,” the club said.

According to the Sun on Sunday, Vardy appeared to believe a middle-aged man behind him was looking at his cards during a game of poker at a Leicester casino in the early hours of July 26th.

In June, Leicester terminated the contracts of Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson, son of former manager Nigel, for their conduct on a close season tour of Thailand. They had featured in a sexually explicit video during which racist language was use.

Vardy, who opened the scoring for Leicester in their 4-2 opening day victory over Sunderland, made his England debut in the 0-0 friendly draw against Ireland in June.

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