Five Premier League footballers who served prison time

Not all footballers have lived their lives as examples. Some of them have been on the wrong side of the law and served their time for it.

We take a look at the list of five Premier League footballers who served prison time in the midst of their careers.

Tony Adams

5. Tony Adams

He is the most illustrious name in this list. The former Arsenal captain suffered from alcoholism during the earlier stages of his career.

In December 1990, he received a four-month jail sentence for drunk driving. He was allegedly four times over the allowed alcohol limit when he crashed his car into a wall.

Adams won four league titles with the Gunners.

4. Marlon King

King played for the likes of Watford, Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Middlesbrough in the Premier League, but was convicted on more than one occasion during his career.

In 2002, while on contract with Gillingham, he was found at the wheels of a stolen convertible BMW and received an 18-month prison sentence for receiving stolen goods.

In 2009, he received another 18-month sentence for sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm for punching a 20-year-old girl in the face.

He again received an 18-month sentence for dangerous driving in 2013.

Duncan Ferguson

3. Duncan Ferguson

The former Everton and Newcastle man was the first footballer to receive a prison sentence for on-field assault.

He received a three-month sentence for head-butting Raith Rovers defender, John McStay, while playing for Glasgow  Rangers in a Scottisch Premier League game in 1994.

He spent ten years with the Toffees and became a fan-favourite at Goodison Park.

2. Jermaine Pennant

Pennant, while on loan at Birmingham City from Arsenal in 2005, was handed a three-month sentence for drunk driving. He had crashed his car into a lamppost.

He was released on parole after 30 days and was made to wear an electronic tag during matches.

He later also played for Liverpool and Stoke City in his career.

Joey Barton

1. Joey Barton

In May 2008, the Burnley midfielder was sentenced to six months for common assault and affray. The incident took place in Liverpool city centre just after Christmas 2007. He served only 74 days of his term.

He was once again charged with causing actual bodily harm on then Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo in July 2008. He received four-month sentence suspended for two years for this offense.

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