KEVIN KYLE: I doubt Carlos will cut down trees and paint fences like I did

By Kevin Kyle


Former Scotland striker was sentenced to 120 hours’ community service in 2007 


I was the first guy ever to be found guilty of fighting with an unknown person. It was a small court in Stranraer. I went with a local solicitor instead of getting a proper QC and got 120 hours’ community service.

I did it in Nuneaton because I was playing for Coventry. The council tried to help me as I had a certain set of skills — it wasn’t a case of me picking up litter at roadside. For the first 30 hours I went to a school and helped disabled kids. I had to do a minimum of six hours a week. It was rewarding.

Day in court: Kevin Kyle was convicted of being involved in a brawl

Day in court: Kevin Kyle was convicted of being involved in a brawl

The next 90 hours was spent gardening for a disabled family. I cut down trees, weeded and painted fences. The woman who cared for the family was my time-keeper.

When I finished training I was away doing community service. Obviously it didn’t go down too well with the manager. It affected my football. I was never quite able to find form and I was loaned to Wolves.

For Carlos Tevez 250 hours will be quite a slog. They’ll try to incorporate his football. I don’t think he’ll end up gardening.

Going nowhere: Kyle was released by Rangers last month

Going nowhere: Kyle was released by Rangers last month

Asking him to work 40 hours a week will be nearly impossible because he’ll be off everywhere with Manchester City.

It’s the end of the season soon. I’m sure he will want to go to Argentina but I don’t think he’ll be allowed because he has to do a certain amount of hours. I had a little boy in Sunderland and I couldn’t see him much. My boy was in the same country, whereas Tevez has family abroad. That might be an issue.



The comments below have been moderated in advance.

released by rangers? ---- crikey where can poor kevin go now?

Click to rate     Rating   3

Stop whining!

Click to rate     Rating   2

Liam Neeson had a 'certain set of skills', Mr Kyle is an opportunistic footballer-turned-yob.

Click to rate     Rating   3

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

You have 1000 characters left.
Libellous and abusive comments are not allowed. Please read our House Rules.
For information about privacy and cookies please read our Privacy Policy.