Six Leicester City footballers have appeared in a Spanish court after being arrested in connection with allegations of sexual assault.

Matt Elliott, Keith Gillespie, Lilian Nalis, Paul Dickov, Frank Sinclair and James Scowcroft spent the night in custody before appearing in court today.

The Premiership club were training at the La Manga sports complex when three German women say they were assaulted by several players.

Leicester’s chief operating officer Paul Mace said the players “consistently and strenuously denied” the allegations.

“We have every confidence in the Spanish judicial system that justice will be done,” he said.

“This is not the first time that the football industry as a whole has found itself with disappointing coverage that does not portray our national game in the best possible light.

“This is not good for Leicester City Football Club, this is not good for the game.”

The players were arrested after the three women complained to police at Alicante airport, as they were about to fly home to Germany.

The alleged victims were found to have suffered injuries to various parts of their body when examined by doctors at Alicante general hospital and police doctors.