A footballer from Boston has found themselves at the centre of a racist sex tape scandal during a tour of Thailand.
Tom Hopper, 21, was in the country as part of Leicester City Football Club’s end-of-season tour which aimed to promote goodwill in the homeland of its owners.
The former Skegness Grammar School pupil, along with teammates defender James Pearson, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, have been called home from the tour early in response to the allegations.
The footage, which was obtained by the Sunday Mirror, appears to show the players in sexual acts with three Thai girls and also includes one of the men using a racist slur.
Following the release of the footage, Leicester City Football Club issued a statement where it said it was ‘deeply concerned’ about the incident adding that players ‘at every level are expected to behave as representatives and ambassadors for our Football Club, both on official Club duty and in their personal lives’.
It said: ““Following a preliminary meeting in consultation with the three players earlier today, the players involved in the incident are now returning to the UK, in advance of the rest of the squad.
“Tom Hopper, James Pearson and Adam Smith would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the Club and its owners, to the Club’s fans and to their families.”
The club said a formal investigation will now be undertaken, saying no further comment could be made at this stage.
It added: “Leicester City remains wholly committed to promoting equality in football and in wider society and to our players recognising their responsibilities as role models to young people.”