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Top 5 Premiership Drunks

After Rodger Johnson reported for training the worse for wear, which other players are no strangers to an after game session?

Wolves fans will be thinking about hitting the bottle themselves after another farcical week, which has seen a 5-0 thumping at the hands of world beaters Fulham followed by a two week fine for club captain Roger Johnson, after he arrived for training looking a little bleary eyed. Johnson, whose performances this season have resembled that of an alcoholic, still retains the captaincy after his misdemeanor.

Dropped by 26th choice for manager Terry Connor for his first two matches in charge, the former Birmingham man must now cough up£50,000 as senior figures from within the club look to condemn their £7 million flop. The centre half was kicking his heels in Connor’s first game at Newcastle, but must have been relieved at being spared the humiliation of Sunday’s five-goal thumping at Fulham.

However, it is alleged that Johnson drowned his sorrows after Sunday’s mauling and turned up for work with a headache born from more than just a footballing lesson. He was then sent to train with Wolves’ development squad, and left to contemplate what had happened to a career once buoyed by the (outside) chance of international football. The Daily Mail states that once Connor was made aware of the problem he informed chief executive Jez Moxey, who contacted owner Steve Morgan, who now intends to impose a the heavy fine.

Connor said: “Roger was involved in a breach of club discipline on Monday for which he has apologised and accepted his punishment.”

Johnson subsequently apologised for his actions, slurring:

“My conduct and approach to training on Monday was below the high standard the club rightly needs and demands from me – and what I demand from myself. I have apologised to the manager, my team-mates and the club.” 

So with Johnson’s glass looking half empty, lets look at five others whose boozy antics have hit the headlines.

Ledley King

After Spurs qualified for the champions league in 2010, King was snapped hobbling out of a nightclub in Maya after being thrown out for being too inebriated.

Then again, if I got paid thousands of pounds a week for splashing around a paddling pool for a few days and playing a handful of games a year, I think I’d be inclined to have a few alcoholic beverages.

David Bentley

Bentley’s a very likable footballer. What with his burning ambition to fulfill his potential, a level headed nature and tendency to be over the top, slap you in the face flashy, the Tottenham/West Ham or whatever player can be forgiven for letting his greased back hair down once in a while.

In 2009 the former £15 million man (yikes!) was charged with drink driving. Bentley subsequently apologised to just about everybody, but has yet to show any remorse at having deceived his club into thinking that one day he might just grow up.

Ashley Cole

The celebrity scene has always interested Ashley Cole, with a pop star ex wife and and a love for the London high life. In 2009 Chelsea’s new c0-manager was arrested after a drunken rant at a group of policemen.

One can only imagine the infinite pleasure one lucky officer endured when throwing Cole into the slammer, and swallowing the key.

Jermaine Pennant

As well running down blind alleys and hitting the ball out for a goal kick, Pennant also enjoys a quiet drink every now and then. Back when he was somehow playing for Liverpool in 2007, Jermaine decided that a small 24 hour binge before a flight to Spain would be just the trick.

Far from snuggling down to a film and tucking into a pack of dry roasted peanuts, Pennant was given oxygen by flight attendants after passing out in the aisle 30 minutes after takeoff.

Andy Carroll

Despite looking legless all the time, Carroll has continued to protest his innocence, claiming to be a victim of other peoples mis-perceptions of him. In Early January of last year, weeks before Kenny Dalglish downed a bottle of Scotch of his own and decided to act on sudden impulse, £35 million Carroll was left in a heap on the floor once more after falling over a casino bar stool at 5am.

With avoiding obstacles unfortunately located quite far down on his list of key skills, the 6’3 man stumbled over his own leg and crashed over the on coming seat before claiming foul.

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