Archive for October 10th, 2007

Soccer in Prison: ex-Juve Vincent Pericard’s 5 Weeks Behind Bars

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Let that be a lesson to all footballers who think can escape the clutches of justice: playing the beautiful game is sometimes not enough to mellow the heart of a judge.

pericard_the_sun.jpgVincent Pericard, French-Camerounian striker in force at League Championship club Stoke City, was just recently released from the Exeter penitentiary on a suspended sentence, after a period over one month spent in prison. UK’s most reliable news source The Sun (who else?), snagged an interview with the player, who told the tale of his life behind bars.

A little bit of history first: in March last year, Pericard was snapped doing 103mph in a 70mph zone in his flash Mercedes CLK 500. He tried claiming his stepfather Jack Henri Pericard was behind the wheel, but what he didn’t know was that British police would track down Mr. Pericard Senior, and confirm that the stepdad had not set foot in the UK for over 3 years!

Late in August, Pericard pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, and was sentenced to 4 months in jail.

“The greatest fear I had was for my sanity,” said Pericard to The Sun after his release. “I was afraid of losing my mind, going mad, becoming claustrophobic and not being able to express myself any more. (…) I feared my head would explode.”

To read the rest of my article on Soccerlens.com click here

Big Soccer Bears Running Around in Costume: Huntingdon’s Annual Mascot Race

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

“And now, for something completely different…”

Mascots of all shapes and sizes descended on Huntingdon Racecourse at the weekend for the town’s annual Mascot Race. Over 50 soccer (pardon me, football) teams were represented by… giant bears, monkeys, foxes, owls and gorillas… you name it!

This is what you can read in the article about the race in The Hunts Post, the town’s local newspaper:

The race, often shrouded in controversy, has been run every year since 1999, when Birmingham City mascot Brummie Bulldog clinched the title.

“Shrouded in controversy”??? How’s that? Do people actually find it worthwhile to cheat in these races? Did Freddie the Fox spike his basket of goodies with nandrolone or something? Weird… Anyways, you can find a video of the race here.

Wacky MackyThis year’s winner was Wacky Macky, from Saffron Walden Town Football Club, narrowly holding off previous winner Chaddy the Owl, from Oldham Athletic FC. Spike the Hedgehog, from Cambridgeshire County Council, came in third.

With names like that, one has to wonder where they find people to run in those things. Have a look at what they did to this poor Sky News journalist, it’s pretty funny.