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'Racial abuse orgy' Leicester City's latest brush with overseas controversy

Published 01/06/2015 | 13:12

Leicester have launched an investigation into the conduct of three players
Leicester have launched an investigation into the conduct of three players

Leicester's trip to Thailand is not the first overseas excursion the club have taken that has turned sour.

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The Foxes have launched an investigation after three of their players allegedly filmed themselves in a sex session during their post-season tour of Thailand in which a local woman was racially abused .

The club released a statement saying they were "deeply concerned " by what had happened while the three players involved have issued an apology.

Foxes stars also hit the headlines for the wrong reasons on overseas breaks in 2000 and 2004.

In February 2000, an alcohol-fuelled night which included new signing Stan Collymore setting off a fire extinguisher in a bar led to the Leicester team and officials being thrown out of the exclusive La Manga resort on Spain's Costa del Sol.

The Foxes went to La Manga ahead of their League Cup final clash against Tranmere, but the scheduled four-day break ended after just one day in disgrace and red faces.

Recalling the night in question where the "beer was flowing", former Foxes midfielder Robbie Savage revealed his take on proceedings in his newspaper column a decade later.

He said: "By now we were all in a state. But on the way back at about 2.30am, one of the lads peed in a flowerpot by the main door of our hotel, and I could see these people looking at us in horror - men in white tuxedos, women in evening dresses.

"At nine the next morning, there was a bang on the door and the instruction to pack.

"What happened? Stan had let off the fire extinguisher in scenes of carnage, according to the lads who were there."

Collymore apologised and was fined two weeks' wages by Leicester boss Martin O'Neill - whose side went on to win the League Cup final 2-1.

Despite being kicked out by the Spanish resort's bosses on that occasion, Leicester returned to La Manga four years later, where their players found themselves faced with much more serious issues.

In March 2004, nine Leicester players were arrested by Spanish police in relation to allegations of sexual assault against three women while on a mid-season training break.

Six players were subsequently released but three - Foxes captain Paul Dickov, Keith Gillespie and Frank Sinclair - were charged with sexual assault and held in custody.

The trio denied the allegations, though, and in May of that year had all charges against them dropped following the results of forensic tests which showed no link between them and their accusers.

Gillespie said in a statement: ''I am delighted that we have all been totally vindicated in this matter.

''Hopefully, all our lives can now get back to normal as quickly as possible and we can concentrate single-mindedly on the football.''

That was not quite the end of the matter, though, as the female complainants sought to make an appeal through the Spanish courts.

However, that failed and in December 2004 the case was finally brought to a close.

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