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Lincoln’s Tom Hopper talks about Leicester’s resignation after a Thai sex orgy

‘I had to grow up quickly … I realized your career could change in the blink of an eye’: Lincoln’s Tom Hopper says Leicester got fired after a filmed racist sex orgy involving Thai prostitutes, helping him mature as the Imps prepare for Liverpool in Carabao Cup

  • Hopper will line up for Lincoln City as they play Premier League champions
  • But his career almost ended in disgrace after being fired by Leicester in 2015
  • Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson were involved in a sex orgy in Bangkok
  • It was filmed on a cell phone and leaked to a national newspaper
  • The forward ended up with Scunthorpe before making a career in the EFL

Lincoln City’s Tom Hopper will take part in one of the biggest games of his life on Thursday night, when the Imps host Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.

But the forward’s career was almost over before it even started, when he was one of three Leicester players fired after a filmed racist sex-sex orgy involving three Thai prostitutes in 2015.

Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson – the son of then-manager Nigel – were sent home in disgrace after a late-season tour to Bangkok when the footage was obtained by a Sunday tabloid.

Tom Hopper, now in Lincoln City, was one of three Leicester players fired after their involvement in a filmed sex orgy with Thai prostitutes in 2015

Tom Hopper, now in Lincoln City, was one of three Leicester players fired after their involvement in a filmed sex orgy with Thai prostitutes in 2015

Hopper was 21 when he was sent home in disgrace from Leicester's tour of Thailand in 2015

Hopper was 21 when he was sent home in disgrace from Leicester's tour of Thailand in 2015

Hopper was 21 when he was sent home in disgrace from Leicester’s tour of Thailand in 2015

Hopper was 21 at the time and found himself expelled from a Premier League club before being picked up by League One Scunthorpe.

He has since built a career in the middle of the EFL, first with the Iron, then Southend and now Lincoln, who have televised a plum match against the Premier League champions.

Hopper told The sun: ‘I had to grow up quickly. It was my first realization of life and that your career can change for the worst in an instant.

‘I’m not going to fool anyone by saying it was easy to deal with the fallout from what happened. It certainly took me time to get going again.

‘It was a matter of staying discreet, being humble and focusing on football.

‘The whole thing gave me a real perspective in life and I matured through it.’

Hopper celebrates Lincoln's scoring win over Milton Keynes Dons in League One last week

Hopper celebrates Lincoln's scoring win over Milton Keynes Dons in League One last week

Hopper celebrates Lincoln’s scoring win over Milton Keynes Dons in League One last week

Lincoln is preparing to welcome Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to Sincil Bank on Thursday evening

Lincoln is preparing to welcome Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to Sincil Bank on Thursday evening

Lincoln is preparing to welcome Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to Sincil Bank on Thursday evening

The published footage of Hopper and his teammates floating naked in a Bangkok hotel room turned out to be deeply embarrassing for Leicester, whose Thai owners Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his son Aiyawatt had paid for the goodwill trip.

The sex tape was recorded on a cell phone and sent to friends at home before being leaked to the press.

Hopper admitted to being sympathetic to Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, who were sent home from England earlier this month for violating Covid-19 protocols by inviting two girls to a hotel in Iceland.

Hopper (right) and his Lincoln teammates are hoping for a famous result against Liverpool

Hopper (right) and his Lincoln teammates are hoping for a famous result against Liverpool

Hopper (right) and his Lincoln teammates are hoping for a famous result against Liverpool

He said: ‘The spotlight is on football players. We love the sport as a nation so it comes with the territory.

‘We have to accept that we make mistakes, will be emphasized because we have to be role models.

‘They are young and will learn from their mistakes. It will help them in the future. ‘

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