Charges against Leicester players dropped

Last updated at 14:55 20 May 2004

Leicester chief executive Tim Davies today spoke of the relief of Keith Gillespie, Paul Dickov and Frank Sinclair after it emerged that sexual assault charges against the trio had been formally dropped.

Gillespie, Dickov and Sinclair were kept in a Spanish jail after being arrested and charged with sexual aggression during a club training break in La Manga.

But the players were released on bail in March and today all criminal charges arising from the La Manga incident were formally dropped by the Spanish authorities.

Leicester issued a statement which read: "The club welcomes the news that all criminal charges have been withdrawn.

"We are pleased that what has been a very difficult time for a large number of players and their families is now at an end.

"Our players have consistently pleaded their innocence of all the charges made against them and they are delighted that their innocence has now been recognised by the Spanish authorities.

"As a club, we have consistently maintained our total faith in the Spanish judicial system and welcome the news that justice has been seen to be done."

Davies told Sky Sports News: "It is a relief for the players themselves and their families.

"They said all along that they were innocent and now the judge has said so as well."

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