Leicester City fine Jamie Vardy for ‘racism’
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.