There are many people who believe that professional footballers live above the law. When they get into trouble with the law, they seem to get away without barely a slap on the wrist.
Just recently Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was involved in an altercation at a nightclub that left him facing assault charges. If convicted, Gerrard could have been looking at time in prison, which would put his glory days at Anfield behind him. However, as many people expected Gerrard got off unscathed, with many people citing that he is a professional footballer as one of the reasons why.
However, as footballers are punished on the field with yellow and red cards, they are not actually above the law off the field either. There have been a few who have been caught breaking the law, and have been made to pay the punishment.
Here are 15 footballers who have spent some time of their life in jail, in no particular order.