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Top 15 Dumbest Crimes Committed By Soccer Players

A crime is an offense that is punishable by law. Crimes are divided into categories and punishments are meted out to criminals depending on the gravity of their crime. Among the harshest punishments are the dreaded death sentence and life imprisonment. Sometimes the criminal is only fined and is thus able to avoid going to the big house. The laws are set to bring about order in society. With football being one of the most popular sports in the world, the situation is worse when a footballer happens to commit a crime. This is because their team, fans and even sponsors expect them to carry themselves in a manner befitting of a role model. Some players have been known to lose personal endorsements because of crimes and some sponsors have parted ways with clubs if they think a player’s crime is being condoned. Therefore, most clubs always make sure to punish a player in order to show that they don’t agree with their actions. The punishments include suspension and fines while some have their contracts terminated by their club. Some players have managed to completely ruin both their reputation and careers through their involvement in crimes. It is thus a given that any crime committed by a player will be taken seriously.

However, players sometimes decide to provide us with some free off-pitch entertainment by committing crimes that are quite laughable. They are so stupid that they make you wonder whether the players had actually taken a leave of their senses when they got themselves into trouble over such bouts of idiocy. For most of them, the embarrassment that follows is usually quite immeasurable. Here are the 15 silliest ways footballers got themselves on the wrong side of the law.

15 Rene Higuita

via performgroup.com

14 Peter Swan/ Tony Kay/ David Layne

via goal.com

13 Charles N’Zogbia

via thevillablogger.com

12 Marlon King

via mirror.co.uk

King has had multiple stints in jail after several convictions. His crimes include; driving without insurance, fraudulent use of vehicle licence document, speeding, driving under the influence, sexual assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. However, one of the most ridiculous was when he was caught driving a stolen car in 2002... You're a professional footballer! Go to a dealership!

11 Matty Pattison

via skysports.com

While playing for Norwich in 2008, it was reported that Pattison woke up hungover one Sunday morning, and quickly jumped into his car wearing only a T-shirt, shoes and his underpants. He was in a hurry to get to the club’s training ground on time and avoid angering his manager. He was spotted driving erratically by the police who tailed and arrested him as he pulled up outside the training ground.

10 Vinnie Jones

via mirror.co.uk

9 Peter Storey

via theguardian.co.uk

8 Dai Thomas

via thesun.co.uk

7 Glen Johnson/ Ben May

via zimbio.com

6 Mickey Thomas

via telegraph.co.uk

5 Diego Maradona

via tdifh.blogspot.com

4 Cesar Aparecido

via sempreinter.com

3 Roman Bednar

via eurosport.com

2 Robert Lewandowski

East News/REX

1 David de Gea

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to silly crimes, the Manchester United goalkeeper takes the cake. Literally. In 2011, de Gea nicked a £1.19 doughnut from a store. He allegedly picked up a doughnut, ate it in the magazine aisle and then tried to walk out without paying. One of the two friends he was with had also taken one. However, they were caught on CCTV, stopped by security and taken for questioning. Luckily they escaped punishment. I do hope Manchester United introduced doughnuts in their canteen to avoid a repetition of the incident.

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