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Reading boss Coppell ponders Lita talks over tape

Steve Coppell is yet to decide whether disciplinary action will be taken against Leroy Lita after his sex-antics were exposed in a Sunday tabloid.

The 22-year-old striker is said to have scored with a mystery brunette then filmed them having sex together on his mobile phone.

The News of the World also alleged the images were then sent to mates at other Premier League clubs.

Lita was dropped from Reading's starting line-up last Saturday when the Royals ended a three-match losing streak with a 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic.

However, Coppell insisted his decision had nothing to do with the allegations which appeared in the newspaper the following day.

The Reading boss said: "I had been told on Friday lunchtime something might be in the paper but I had already made my decision on Thursday night.

"I haven't spoken to him about it yet and I felt it wasn't the right time. I will have a chat with him in the fullness of time.

"I don't know how much substance there is to it.

"He has not volunteered any information to me and I will ask him about it at some stage, but it's not high up on my agenda."

The revelation will cause further embarrassment to Lita who has been involved in a number of off-field incidents since his £1 million move from Bristol City in July 2005.

"If it's true it's distasteful for sure," added Coppell. "We will make a judgement call but I don't want the threat of disciplinary action hanging over him.

"I want to get the facts first and it will happen in its own time.

"I'm not going to bust a gut to confront him about it. I will know when the occasion is right."

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