Top 10 football prostitute scandals
Honorary life president: Wayne Rooney
1. Half of France’s national team
The French tend to get off (so to speak) lightly when it comes to sex scandals. And given that it all seems to have gone pretty quiet on this front we assume the latest example is another case in point. Cast your mind back to May and French stars including Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sidney Govou were caught up in a police investigation into underage prostitutes.
2. Wayne Rooney
Wazza was embroiled in prostitute scandals before he had even made his big move to Manchester United. He has admitted visiting the Auld Slapper, a 48-year-old prostitute who charged him £45-per-hour, as a 16-year-old.
3. Peter Crouch
Talk about an England strike partnership that’s paid to score. Wazza can pair up with Peter Crouch, whose own dalliance with a hooker was outed by the News of the World last month. The 6ft 7in striker was alleged to have paid £800 for a night with prostitute Monica Mint during a mate’s stag weekend in Madrid.
The one-time Brazil great reached arguably his lowest point when he found himself in a bizarre pickle with three transvestite prostitutes. He had allegedly dropped his girlfriend off and picked up three hookers to take to a motel. When they arrived it turned out that Ronny’s working girls were actually blokes. The prostitutes then tried to extort £15,000 from him for his troubles.
5. Czech national team
The Czech Republic prostitute scandal initially claimed the international careers of coach Petr Rada and players Tomas Ujfalusi, Milan Baros, Radoslav Kovac, Martin Fenin, Marek Matejovsky and Vaclav Sverkos. There was public outcry when the players were photographed with hookers shortly after a 2-1 defeat to Slovakia. The indefinite bans placed on the players were later lifted for those who wanted to return to the international fold.
6. Israel national team
Israel were on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2000, but a humiliating 8-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Denmark sparked an investigation. The inquiry found several players invited prostitutes to their room the night before the 5-0 thrashing in Tel Aviv. Robinho quantities of condoms were found by hotel staff and four unnamed players later received bans.
7. Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall
The Newcastle board members were caught in a Spanish brothel during a News of the World sting in which they called Geordie women ‘dogs’, mocked Alan Shearer and boasted about the profit margins on replica shirts.
8. Avram Grant
The then Portsmouth manager was eventually outed as the Premier League manager who had been caught visiting an out-of-town Thai brothel, near Southampton, by a tabloid investigation. A ban on naming the manager involved was lifted after a fun game of Guess Who.
9. Wayne Rooney
Oh, deja vu. Wazza was also caught out paying £140 for sex with hooker Charlotte Glover in December 2002. To avoid a lengthy court battle with Charlotte over the truth of the claims, Rooney kindly left her a signed note which read: “To Charlotte, I shagged u on 28 Dec. Loads of Love. Wayne Rooney.”
10. Wayne Rooney
It’s a hat-trick for Wayne. Yesterday’s News of the World claimed he had repeatedly cheated on pregnant wife Coleen with prostitute Jennifer Thompson. The Manchester United striker paid her £1,200-a-time.