Leicester City's Jamie Vardy accused of racial abuse in casino row
Published 09/08/2015 | 12:52
Jamie Vardy, the Leicester City and England footballer, has been accused of racially abusing another man during a row at a casino.
CCTV cameras apparently show Vardy involved in the incident, in which he appears to call the fellow gambler a "Jap" during a late night argument, according to The Sun.
A witness to the alleged incident told The Sun on Sunday: "He behaved like an absolute animal, it was appalling. The other guy was a man of East Asian appearance. He looked shocked by what happened.
"As an England international he should know that eyes are going to be on him when he goes out, but he acted just like a football thug. The club should investigate, I was outraged."
The paper, which has published the video, claims Vardy was at the casino in the early hours of July 26 with team-mates David Nugent and Ritchie De Laet, who attempted to calm the striker down and are not accused of having done anything wrong.
Vardy, who scored on Saturday in Leicester's 4-2 win over Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season, reportedly thought a man was looking at his cards while he was playing poker.
It is alleged that the argument began at around 1.20am. According to The Sun on Sunday, Vardy points and says: "Jap. Yo Jap. Walk on. Walk on... oi, walk on. Yeah you.... Jap. Walk on."
The incident reportedly went on for a couple of minutes and shortly afterwards it is claimed Vardy had a row with another gambler.
The term 'Jap', which is short for Japanese and was first used during the Second World War, is widely considered to be offensive.
Dr Ruth Taplin, director of the Centre for Japanese and East Asian Studies in London, told the Sun: "It is offensive for Japanese people to hear that word today and it always has been."
Both the FA and Leicester City declined to comment on the footage of Vardy.
It is the second time in recent months Leicester players have been embroiled in racist controversy.
James Pearson - the son of then manager Nigel Pearson - Tom Hopper and Adam Smith were caught filming three Thai girls committing sex acts with them in a hotel room.
They then shared the videos with friends and one of the players can be heard calling a woman a “slit eye”.
All three were sacked by the club, which is owned by Thai father and son Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.