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Top 15 Soccer Players who went to Jail

From time to time, footballers do have a habit of landing themselves in hot water. Whether it is a boozy night up out on the tiles or a misleading tweet, these superstars cannot seem to kick the habit.

Today’s rich footballing kids literally have the world at their feet. Not only do they earn multi-million dollar contracts but they enjoy a wealth of endorsement deals. This is coupled with their ostentatious pads featuring oversized swimming pools, shark tanks and even bowling alleys.

Yet for some, their misdemeanours come back to bite them in the backside. Drunk driving is one of the most recurrent themes that footballers are involved with. Maybe it is a case of boys and their toys but there is simply no excuse for taking risks.

Take for example former Stoke City and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant. In 2012, he was given a prison sentence for two months which was suspended for 12. This was after admitting to drinking whilst at the wheel. He received a further three year punishment and was disqualified from all driving. Pennant had more than double the legal limit as he drove back from Manchester in his BMW.

In addition to this, there have been a number of different players who have felt the need for speed. This includes the likes of Luke McCormick who was charged after tragically killing two boys and West Brom striker Saido Berahino. The latter was arrested just in the last week for a drink-driving offence after being stopped on the highway in the north of England. The highly talented English star is to face further questioning this month at police station.

Unfortunately for some, the long arm of the law has not been terribly kind. Here are the top 15 players who have ended up behind bars.

15 Tony Adams

via independent.co.uk

14 Gary Croft

via premierleague.com

13 Marlon King

via mirror.co.uk

12 Jan Molby

via www.bt.dk

11 Duncan Ferguson

via theguardian.com

10 Michael Kinsella

via bbc.co.uk

9 Graham Rix

via portsmouth.co.uk

8 Diego Maradona

via guardian.co.uk

7 Bobby Moore

via mirror.co.uk

6 Lee Hughes

via conventrytelegraph.net

5 Ronnie Wallwork

via manchestereveningnews.co.uk

4 Ian Wright

via flickr.com

3 Joey Barton

via tiktaka.com

2 Brandao

via nypost.com

Brazilian player Brandao who is currently at Bastia has been sentenced to a month in jail. This is as a result of head butting Thiago Motta in a match against his club Paris Saint Germain. Now the former has already been in hot water with the football powers who have since suspended him for a period of six months for his actions. With a $25,000 to boot, Brandao won’t be pulling on a jersey for some time as Bastia went on to lose the Ligue 1 clash by two goals to nil. He was also embroiled in a scandal after elbowing Yohan Cabaye just last season.

1 Ched Evans

via theguardian.com

Former Sheffield United marksman Ched Evans has been hitting the headlines recently. He has been recently released after serving two and a half years of a five-year term for rape. The striker is now at the centre of attention as the spotlight focuses on whether he should be allowed to play or even train with a club. In 2012, Evans was found guilty after he raped a female in hotel room. At present there have been nearly 200,000 individuals who have signed an appeal for the Blades not to resign him. Other reports have surfaced that Oldham Athletic are allegedly interested in signing the former Man City man but the jury is still out on that one.

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