Leicester enjoyed a 4-2 win over Sunderland on opening day of the Premier League on Saturday. But striker Jamie Vardy is under investigation by the club after The Sun released a video showing Vardy using a racial slur while at a casino in Leicester at the end of July.
The video of Vardy at the casino can be seen here.
Vardy has issued an apology for his behavior. In a statement released by Leicester, that the Daily Mail published, 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.”
Vardy is heard on the video calling a fellow gambler “Jap,” a derogatory term for Japanese people. The argument, according to the Sun, started when Vardy and two of his teammates, Ritchie De Laet and David Nugent, were playing high-stakes poker at the casino and Vardy thought that the man was standing behind him and looking at his cards.
Leicester released the following statement and promised to look into the situation: “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.”
“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.”
Vardy was in the starting lineup for Leicester on Saturday and opened up the scoring in the 4-2 win over Sunderland with a goal in the 11th minute. Vardy joined Leicester in 2012 and has one cap for the English national team.