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Liverpool’s John Flanagan is the latest in a long line of out of control footballers to fall foul of the law.

You would think tons of money and the adoration of millions of fans would be enough to keep them on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately not.

Join us as we take a look at footballers who have served time behind bars.

Match fixing

In 1964 a match fixing scandal hit the headlines and saw 33 players prosecuted. 10 players served time in prison, most were associated with Sheffield Wednesday and involved high profile players such as David Layne, Peter Swan and Everton’s Tony Kay who would have made the 1966 World Cup squad until the scandal all but ended their careers.

As if this wasn’t naughty enough, Kay spent much of his life on the run after trying to flog a counterfeit diamond.

Drink Driving

Footballers can afford a taxi, in fact, most of them could buy the taxi company, or hire a private driver or a helicopter or buy a jetpack… you get the picture. There is no excuse for this, its an easily avoidable situation for anyone with half a brain.

Jan Molby, Tony Adams and George Best have all served time behind bars for drunk and reckless driving and countless others have been banned.

Molby even had the pleasure of a scary cellmate who didn’t know who he was. Better than sharing it with a Manchester United or Everton fan Jan.

Importing pornographic videos

In 1990 watching pornographic material was rather different than it is today. Instead of turning on a computer, some people had to smuggle porn videos from overseas in car tyres!

Probably the strangest crime on our report, in 1990 ex England international Peter Storey was jailed for 30 days for smuggling dodgy vids in a car tyre.

Storeys conviction wasn’t his first offence, he narrowly avoided jail for setting up a brothel in order to earn a bit of quick cash before fleeing to Spain.


Adam Johnson wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last. Former footballer and Chelsea coach Graham Rix served nearly a year for having sex with a minor in 1999.

Johnson got much more time for a lesser offence and unbelievably Rix walked straight into his old job when he was released. Somehow we can’t see Adam Johnson tearing it up the wing when he eventually earns his freedom.

On field assault

Big Duncan Ferguson remains the only British footballer jailed for an on field altercation.

John Macstay was the unlucky recipient of a Big Dunc Scottish handshake but he wasn’t the first to feel the wrath of Big Duncan.

Ferguson’s home was broken into twice during his playing career, unfortunately for the robbers, Duncan was in at the time and both incidents ended with the burglars being hospitalised.

Working for Pablo Escobar

A footballer was once jailed for his involvement in a kidnapping and ransom escapade involving billionaire crime lord Pablo Escobar.

Who do you think this could be? James Milner? Phil Neville? Rene Huigita?

Good guess.

In 1993 Higuita served 7 months in a Colombian prison for acting as a go-between for the drug barons Pablo Escobar and Carlos Molina, he was largely responsible for securing the release of Molina’s daughter by delivering the ransom money.

He received $64,000 for his services, which breaks Colombian law as it is an offence to profit from a kidnapping.

That’s all, for now, until we can prove that Michael Owen is a serial killer.