EPL footballers who spent time in jail

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Following the news that a Premier League player was arrested on suspicion of child sex offences, here are nine former EPL players who spent time in jail, including Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.

Over the past few days, two footballers plying their trade in England have been involved in instances of alleged child sex offences.

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On Monday night, it came to light that a player in England's top division had been suspended by his club pending a full investigation after he had been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

On Tuesday, former League one footballer Jonathan Diba Musangu was reportedly found guilty of rape and sexually abusing children.  

According to Manchester Evening News, "the 23-year-old was found guilty of four counts of raping a child under 13, two counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of sexual activity with a child, and one count of rape".

Sadly, there are quite a few former Premier League footballers who spent time in prison for various charges over the years, ranging from drunk-driving to gender-based violence.

Scroll through the gallery above to see nine former Premier League stars who spent time in jail

Arsenal legend Ian Wright was sentenced to prison for two weeks in 1982 after not paying driving fines. The retired forward, who was only 19 at the time, has often spoke about his experiences in jail, revealing that he decided in that moment that he would never go back to prison ever again. 

Former Manchester City winger Adam Johnson is one of the more high-profile cases in the Premier League era. The 34-year-old spent three years in jail after being convicted of child sex offences for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old in 2016. 

One of the EPL's best defenders ever, Tony Adams, was jailed for drunk-driving in 1990, and ended up spending 57 days inside jail.

He was allegedly 27 times over the drink-drive limit after crashing his car, but the 54-year-old later complained about the prison system.

"Prison didn't teach me anything. There was no education about why I was in there or around my illness [alcohol addicition]," he said, according to the Daily Mirror. 

"I felt very secure and safe, which was scary. At the time I wasn't conscious of it, but it was just like being in a hotel." 

One of Manchester United's most legendary players, Eric Cantona, was sentenced to two weeks in jail for one of the most controversial moments in EPL history.

In 1995, the Frenchman was seen arguing with a Crystal Palace fan during a match before deciding to jump into the stands to kick and then punch him. 

Cantona only spent three hours in prison after being released on bail, though – scroll through the gallery above to see more ex-Premier League players who spent time in jail.

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