Following on from Australians who have played in the Premier League, today’s poser is……….
Name 11 professional or ex pro footballers who have spent time in prison. Our list isn’t conclusive and is based on players who played in the UK so we haven’t included Colombia’s amazing goalkeeper Rene Higuita who managed to get himself imprisoned for 7 months after being involved in a kidnapping plot.
Bonus Fact – Nizar Trabelsi. This Tunisian professional footballer who scored for Fortuna Dusseldorf on his debut in German football in 1990 was arrested in 1994 for his connections to Al-Qa’ida due his involvements in plotting terrorist attacks. He was also suspected of being a suspected future suicide bomber. After twelve years in custody, he is now being held in Washington D.C. without bond.
Ian Wright – Avoided paying Tax on his cars
Stig Tofting – Headbutting a restaurant manager
Peter Swan – Match Fixing
Lee Hughes – Caused Death by dangerous driving
Joey Barton – Assault
Mickey Thomas – Money Laundering
Peter Storey – Financing fake coins
George Best – drunk driving, assaulting a police officer,failing to answer bail
Duncan Ferguson – Head butting a Raith Rovers player in a off the pitch incident
Jan Molby – Drunk driving
Tony Adams – Drunk driving
Ched Evans – Rape
Gary Croft – Driving whilst disqualified (became the first player to play with an electronic tag)
Marlon King -Sexual assault charges amongst others (currently on his 3rd jail sentence)
Luke McCormick – two counts of death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol
Jermaine Pennant – driving offences
Micky Quinn – breached a driving ban twice in one year
Adam Chapman – death by reckless driving
James Cotterill – A punch during a game that left his opponent with a double fractured jaw
Chris Zebroski – Robbery, attempted robbery and assault
Who have we missed? Please add comments and we will update as necessary!