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Two Man U players jailed
Updated: 2005-03-04 09:28

Two young Manchester United players who injured two people during a high-speed road race have been jailed today, joining a growing list of soccer players serving time in prison for traffic offences.

United reserve Mads Timm was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution, a court spokeswoman said, for taking part in the car chase following a training session in January last year.

Wayne Rooney (L) and Jermaine Pennant race for a loose ball during a Premiership match. Pennant was jailed for three months for drink driving after he was spotted at the wheel of his Mercedes with a lamp post dragging beneath it while banned from driving. [AFP]
The 20-year-old Dane, who has played for his country at youth level and joined Manchester United in 2001, had denied a charge of dangerous driving.

Callum Flanagan, who left Manchester United shortly after the accident, was sent to a young offenders' institution for eight months after admitting the charges against him.

Described by the prosecution as a "boy racer", Flanagan had been following Timm but lost control on a bend and collided with another car, injuring its driver.

Team mate Philip Marsh, a passenger in Flanagan's car, was also injured and had to be cut from the wreckage.

A Manchester United spokeswoman declined to comment on the sentences.

Arsenal midfielder Jermaine Pennant was jailed for three months this week for drink-driving while banned after police caught him at the wheel of a Mercedes sports car with a lamp-post dragging underneath.

West Bromwich Albion striker Lee Hughes received a six-year prison sentence last August after being found guilty of killing a man in a hit-and-run crash.

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