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Down In The Dumps: Portsmouth’s Glen Johnson Medal Stolen

by | 20th, May 2008

toilet-seat-big.jpgTWO Portsmouth footballers have had their FA Cup winners’ medals stolen.

One is Jamie Ashdown, the other Glen Johnson, who is “devastated” and, as the Sun says, “gutted”.

Says Johnson: “It is something you want to treasure for your whole life and show your kids and grandkids.

This is Portsmouth full-back Glen Johnson, who in 2007 entered a B&Q in Dartford, Kent, and was caught trying to steal bathroom fittings.

Johnson was spotted by a security guard secreting a toilet seat into a box with a cheaper price tag. Aided by Millwall striker Ben May, he also hid a set of taps underneath a sink at the checkout to avoid paying for them.

The player, once heralded as a future player, and had been bought by Chelsea for £7million, was, reportedly, caught by a 74-year-old security guard. The events offered insight into his mental and physical condition.

Johnson was dined £80. And he explained:

“My mate was doing his house up, so we went to get some bits. He sees a whole set of bathroom things for a set price – sink, toilet, taps and all that. Then he realises the toilet seat in the set isn’t the one he wants. You know, the sort that closes gently to stop kids trapping their hands. So he swaps it.”

That’s the sympathetic back story. Go on:

“In the end, we were told we could either go to court and fight it or pay an £80 fine on the spot and forget about it. We did that. We didn’t have time to go to court for £4.80. But obviously when you do that you’re admitting guilt.”

Now his medal has been stolen, and we urge the perpetrator to return it. Sure, the villain’s sick daughter wanted it to hold while she lay on her hospital bed, but she should have asked.

In the meanwhile, Johnson could always make his own replica medal from a toilet seat and a chain…

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