Tony: Jail failed me’

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Karen Rock­ett

FOOTBALL leg­end Tony Adams says prison failed to ed­u­cate him about his al­co­holism after he was jailed for drink-driv­ing.

The for­mer Arse­nal and Eng­land cap­tain also felt like he was “in a ho­tel” dur­ing his 57 days locked up in 1990.

“Prison didn’t teach me any­thing,” Adams, now 51, told a mag­a­zine yes­ter­day.

“There was no ed­u­ca­tion about why I was in there or around my ill­ness.

“I felt very se­cure and safe. At the time I wasn’t con­scious of it but it was just like be­ing in a ho­tel.

“I’d been in a ho­tel all my Arse­nal ca­reer. You check in, play next day, check out. I had no re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

The fa­ther- of- six also said al­co­holism was easy com­pared with par­ent­ing and thanked his sec­ond wife Poppy for hold­ing the fam­ily to­gether.

“I al­ways say I’m her sev­enth child,” he added.

He cred­ited her and ther­apy for keep­ing him on the straight and nar­row.

His book – Sober: Football. My Story, My Life – is out now, price £20. BIK­ERS found the thief who was suck­ing petrol out of their tanks was a mon­key who had a taste for drink­ing it, in Pa­ni­pat, In­dia.

LEG­END: Tony Adams

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