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Players Who Returned To Football After Serving Time In Jail

The life of a footballer is sometimes a strange one; on one hand it seems so simple and effortless, while on the other side things it seems to be a life of intense pressure where the smallest mistake are amplified.

It’s not every day that someone that has served a jail sentence gets back into what they love, but today we bring you players that managed to return to the game after serving a jail sentence.

Joey Barton

While playing for Newcastle United, Barton was sentenced to a total of 10 months in prison as he was found guilty of common assault outside a pub in Liverpool. The QPR midfielder served 77 days of his sentence and was later released on good behaviour.

Tony Adams

The former Arsenal captain is known to like a drink or two and that habit landed him up in jailed for four months after he was caught driving under the influence. Adams was reportedly four times over the limit and after serving half of his sentence he managed to return to the club.

Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant is what we like to call a football journeyman, as he has played for numerous teams all over the world. Pennant was handed three-month prison sentence for various driving offences, but served only 30 days in prison and was forced to play with an electronic tag for the rest of his sentence.

Duncan Ferguson

Known as ‘Big Dunk’, Ferguson received a three-month prison sentence after assaulting a Raith Rovers player whist playing for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland. Ferguson moved to Everton just before his jail sentence came up and was forced to miss three months of football at his new club.

Paolo Cannavaro

The brother of Fabio Cannavaro is no stranger to falling out with the law, and has recently been served a 10-month jail sentence for breaking police derestriction. He is also currently under investigation for match fixing.

Can you name think of a few more international players that have returned from jail sentences? 


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