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

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.”

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