Leicester trio cleared of assault
LEICESTER, England -- Three Leicester players accused of sexually assaulting three women during a training break in Spain have had charges against them dropped, the club said.
Lawyers for Paul Dickov, Frank Sinclair and Keith Gillespie successfully applied for them to be cleared, the English club's chief executive Tim Davies said.
Prosecution lawyers can still appeal against the decision, made by a judge in Cartagena in southern Spain.
"All charges have been dropped against all the players," Davies said, adding that any appeal would have to be lodged in two or three days.
He said he had been in touch with the players concerned and added: "They are obviously relieved that their innocence has been proved."
Davies said they would not have to return to Spain to be formally cleared of the charges after forensic tests had proved the women's claims were false.
"There is nothing that links our players with the girls," he said.
The players were accused of rape by three German-based African women while they were training in La Manga, southern Spain in March.
Dickov, 31, Sinclair, 32, and Gillespie, 29, spent a week in prison in Spain before being released on bail worth a total of 200,000 pounds ($350,000).
Leicester manager Micky Adams has blamed the controversy for his side's subsequent relegation from the Premiership.
Adams said: "I tried to use the incident in Spain as a rallying call to bring people together. It was very traumatic and the players involved are not the same people any more.
"It has affected their concentration in terms of what they're doing and also their personae. They are a lot quieter as people now."