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Marlon King who plays for Premier League club Wigan Athletic for has been found guilty of sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm. He was sacked by the club and sentenced for 18 months in prison. Marlon, father of three was celebrating his wife’s pregnancy and scoring a winning goal at Revue Bar in London’s Soho district when he groped Miss Emily Carr, a 20-year old university student who had the misfortune of being in the same club as the arrogant striker. Emily, a slightly built girl recoiled from King’s touch and asked him to not to touch her. The 35,000-a-week footballer, started shouting “Don’t you know who I am, I’m a millionaire love… you are not even in my league” and then he took one step backward and smashed her in the face with a clenched fist, breaking her nose with the blow. Miss Carr said,”It was like being hit with a brick in the face. My friend who saw it said King took a step back and delivered the punch like a boxer in the ring – with full force.”
It was an act of sickeningly brutal, unprovoked violence against a slightly built girl and this wasn’t the first time for the 39-year old Marlon King. He has a lengthy criminal record(a total of 13 convictions!) which dates back to when he was only 19 and includes dishonesty, assault, theft, criminal damage, drink-driving, receiving a stolen £30,000 BMW and violence against women. In 2003, King was convicted of common assaults on two women whom he chased through Soho with a belt wrapped round his fist, one of whom he punched in the face in another unprovoked violent reaction. In 2006, he was convicted of threatening behaviour after slapping a woman on the head and bottom and then spitting at her for which he was fined £800. Small change for someone like him!
And this time, he has once again scarred a girl physically and mentally for life. Emily Carr has called for him to be banned from the game for life. She said that King’s lawyers had been moaning about their client losing £1 million in earning, while she said she had lost her face! What I don’t understand is, why was this man playing in the top league and getting paid millions for what can only be called average footballing skill in the first place? Why would any club, even consider getting such a person on their team. I know people make mistakes and should be given a second chance in life but those people need to work hard to deserve the second chance.
The Professional Footballers’ Association’s chief executive, Gordon Taylor has said that the PFA will support Marlon King and that everyone makes mistakes and they are sure he’ll overcome his problems and that they will support him to get his life and career back. I think this is absolute rubbish. First of all, which career is Gordon Taylor, talking about? Marlon King certainly is not a footballer. He is a liar and a thief who also plays football. He is a danger to women and is in denial of his violence. He still claims that he is a victim of mistaken identity and will appeal the sentence. Is this the sort of man PFA wants to help and support?! Secondly, at what cost are we thinking about giving this person a second chance… a person who’s had his share of second chances given to him already. Millions of children and youngsters, all over the world look up to footballers and aspire to be like them. They dream of having the money, the lifestyle, gorgeous women, the glamour, the fame, the excitement and the fanfare which a successful career in football brings with it. Do we want them to learn that they can get away with such brutal acts… that they can break a girl’s nose, spit on another, steal and lie, all because they can hit a football somewhat well?
Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal FC has said “When he has paid his sentence, of course you would consider sigining someone like that.” At what cost Mr. Wenger? You can’t polish a turd. King doesn’t deserve another chance in football. He has already had a chance too many… 13 chances too many. It’s time to kick out such bullies out of football.