Premier League players in jail: 8 former football stars who ended up in prison

Footballers in the Premier League have the life that we all crave.

With big wages, players are able to splash the cash on flashy cars, plush meals and extravagant outfits.

But sometimes the fame and fortune comes at a cost – and Premier League players have been known to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Players who have featured for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all found themselves behind bars.

Starsport take a look at some of the famous faces who have had the wrists slapped by the law…

Adam Johnson

Johnson spent three years behind bars
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Adam Johnson is without a doubt the most well known prison sentence for a former footballer.

Johnson served three years of his sentence after being convicted of child sex offences in 2016.

He was found guilty of engaging in activity with a 15-year-old and was sacked by his team at the time, Sunderland.

Although he has now been released, it is unlikely that Johnson will ever return to football.

Ian Wright

Wright is now best known for Match of the Day – but once spent time in jail
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Before he became a superstar name in the Premier League, Ian Wright was forced to spend two weeks behind bars.

Aged just 19 at the time, he was convicted for failing to pay his driving fines.

Talking about the sentence, which took place in 1982, Wright said: “I did say I would never ever come to a place like that again. I knew I had to start doing the straight and narrow right thing. That was it.”

Duncan Ferguson

Ferguson pictured at a Glasgow court before he was sentenced to time in prison
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Big Duncan Ferguson was back in the news recently for his passionate spell in caretaker charge of Everton.

It wasn’t always glory for Ferguson, however, as he spent 44 days of a three-month sentence at Glasgow’s Barlinnie prison in 1995.

Ferguson was found guilty of assault for headbutting Raith Rovers defender Jock McStay.


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