Mansfield Town deny rumour on trial for controversial former Leicester City defender James Pearson

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Mansfield Town have denied a story saying they had taken ex-Leicester City defender James Pearson on trial with a view to a permanent contract.

A story purporting to be from an agent suggested Stags had given the controversial son of former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson a chance, the 22-year-old sacked by the club last summer after his part in a much-publicised racist sex video.

However, when asked if there was any truth in the rumour this morning, Stags boss Adam Murray gave a simple “nope”.