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Jamie Vardy issues apology for alleged racist insult

By Rory Dollard

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

The Sun on Sunday published footage, reportedly taken in the early hours of July 26, that appears to show the England international abusing a fellow gambler in a casino and calling him "Jap" on three occasions.

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," read a statement.

"We have noted Jamie's apology and will begin a process of investigation into the incident imminently. There will be no further comment until this process has concluded."

Leicester are owned by the Thai Srivaddhanaprabha family and it is only a matter of weeks since they 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 the country.

The trio had featured in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used and were sacked following an internal investigation.

At the time they noted that: "(The club) is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality, and to upholding the standards expected of a club with its history, tradition and aspirations."

Vardy opened the scoring for Leicester in their 4-2 opening day victory over Sunderland.

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