Calling time on ex-footballers transferring to crime


With more than 120 former professional footballers in prison, soccer boss Phil Brown looks at what can be done to prevent youngsters going off the rails when they are released by their clubs.

Footballers who hit the big time can look forward to a glamorous lifestyle.

But for those youngsters who find themselves released by a club and out of contract - without an education and desperate to maintain an affluent lifestyle - the temptations of crime can be huge.

Michael Kinsella, once a promising Liverpool and Everton schoolboy, spent seven years in prison for drug dealing.

He studied for a degree while in jail and is now trying to help young footballers avoid the mistakes he made with the launch of a new charity business called O.N.S.I.D.E.

Inside Out North West and North East & Cumbria are broadcast on Monday, 11 February at 19:30 GMT. The programme is also available nationwide for seven days thereafter on iPlayer.

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