Former Blade Jailed

Last updated : 25 August 2007 By @blades_mad1889

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Pericard, 24 (currently at Stoke City) was clocked speeding at 103mph on the A38 near Plymouth last March. The Cameroon player was charged after his stepfather told police he had not been in the United Kingdom since 2003; when he actually been in France.

The former Juventus striker has been disqualified twice from driving for previous driving offences; pictures taken at front of the car clearing showing the driver were taken despite insisting that his stepfather was in charge at the wheel.

The court heard that Mr. Pericartd earned £190,000 a year and could afford a significant fine; but judge Francis Gilbert said speed cameras would be a "waste of time" if action wasn't taken for this sort of serious crime.

"You were looking to escape - it was a deliberate plan of dishonesty," he told Pericard. "I regard doing an act intending to pervert the course of public justice as serious. You cannot buy yourself out of the consequences."

Pericard was loaned to the Blades in September 2003 for three months from Portsmouth. He started just three games whilst coming off the substitutes bench on eight occasions. The former Plymouth Argyle loan star netted two goals for the Blades in 4-0 victories over Millwall (a) and Luton Town (h).

He is the second known former Blades player to be jailed this year after Ashley Sestanovich was handed a eight year sentence in April 2007 after helping to plan a robbery in London which ended in murder.