Jermaine Pennant reveals he feared for his life after discovering kidnap plot

Celebrity Big Brother star Jermaine Pennant feared for his life after discovering someone had plotted to kidnap and torture him.

The former Arsenal football player, 35, recalled how his kidnappers planned to slash his face with a knife and sell the pictures in exchange for cash.

Writing in his autobiograpy Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truth And The Beautiful Game, Jermaine said he was on holiday with Jeff Brazier in Greece when he learned of the kidnap plot through a friend.

“As mad as it sounds, I was petrified. I feared for my life," he said.

“Yes, someone actually plotted to kidnap me, hold me to ransom and try to get some money for my release.

“I was genuinely worried that I was about to be taken away and tortured.”

His friend had been approached by a female stranger who told him about the plan.

The CBB star said he refused to leave his hotel room for the rest of his holiday with Jeff, whose ex is the late Jade Goody.

Elsewhere in the book, he talks about his troubled upbringing in Nottingham and how one of his pal’s was attacked by a gang for being in the wrong area.

They stabbed him 15 times, carved the initial’s ST – for St Ann’s – into his cheek, and left him for dead.

He spent weeks in a coma in hospital. Ben’s mum asked Jermaine to visit him in hospital and talk to him in the hope it would wake his friend.

Jermaine said: “My friends were all dead proud of me, making it from the Meadows to the Premier League, so his mum thought it might help if he heard my voice.

“I didn’t dare tell Arsenal where I was going. It was horrible seeing him like that. I didn’t know what to say, I just told him what I’d been up to. I wasn’t there when he woke up, I was just glad he did.

“He was so badly injured has to take tablets for the rest of his life.

“People say I didn’t fulfil my potential as a player. Maybe they are right, but given where I came from, I think I did pretty well.”

* Mental by Jermaine Pennant is out now

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