One day Pericard went out drinking with two teammates and decided to invite his Italian tutor along by sending her a message.

Minutes later, one of Juventus’ director’s called the Cameroonian and asked him why he had asked his girlfriend out.

Recalling the entire thing, Pericard said: “That text message did not go down well, at all. Later, one of the directors called me into his office and told me I was going to England. It was the end of my time at Juventus.

“I didn’t know anything about England, I didn’t speak English and there were no negotiations. I was upset and hurt, and didn’t think I deserved it. I didn’t do anything malicious and Juventus’ reaction was excessive. It was a shock to the system, but I had to suck it up and adapt quickly.”

After that, Pericard mainly played in the lower leagues in England and would retire at the age of 28 – after years of suffering from mental health issues.

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He has also served two separate prison sentences for speeding offences in England and struggling with alcoholism at one point in his life as well.