Le­ices­ter City fine Jamie Vardy for ‘racism’

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Le­ices­ter City have is­sued Jamie Vardy with a “sub­stan­tial fine” af­ter he was caught on cam­era ap­par­ently us­ing a racial slur in a casino, the English Premier League club an­nounced Thurs­day.

Vardy, 28, was shown abu­sively call­ing another man “Jap” three times in a video pub­lished by news­pa­per The Sun on Sun­day last week­end.

The striker, who made his Eng­land de­but last sea­son, sub­se­quently apol­o­gized and Le­ices­ter opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent which ended with Vardy be­ing fined and also told to un­der­take a pro­gram of “di­ver­sity aware­ness train­ing.”

Af­ter Le­ices­ter man­ager Cla­dio Ranieri said ear­lier on Thurs­day that Vardy would not be sacked, the Foxes an­nounced they would take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against the player af­ter con­clud­ing their own in­quiries.

“Le­ices­ter City Football Club has con­cluded its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims made against Jamie Vardy in the na­tional media last week­end,” a club state­ment said.

“Hav­ing es­tab­lished a full ac­count of the in­ci­dent in ques­tion and taken into con­sid­er­a­tion Jamie’s prompt apol­ogy, the club has is­sued the player with a sub­stan­tial fine and pre­scribed a pro­gram of di­ver­sity aware­ness train­ing.

“Jamie has been re­minded of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the club, his pro­fes­sion and the Le­ices­ter com­mu­nity. The fine will be do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties.

“The club will make no fur­ther com­ment on the mat­ter, which it now deems to be closed.”

Ear­lier, Ranieri told re­porters that Vardy would be re­main­ing on the staff of the Mid­lands club.

“The sit­u­a­tion is, ev­ery­thing is OK. Jamie apol­o­gized to ev­ery­one, it was a mis­take,” Ranieri said.

In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Le­ices­ter’s Jamie Vardy looks up dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Le­ices­ter City and Manch­ester City at King Power Sta­dium in Le­ices­ter, Eng­land.

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