LONDON: Former England international Stan Collymore has told a newspaper he visited “dogging” sites near his home to have sex with strangers.
The ex-Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa striker told the Daily Mirror he had confessed to his wife Estelle that he had driven to several sites where people watch each other having sex in their cars.
“What I have done is disgusting and I'm so ashamed, but I'm only human,” the 33-year-old said. “I can only beg for forgiveness.
“Over the last couple of years I have been to dogging sites maybe a dozen to 15 times, and yes I have taken part and had sex during them.
“My only hope is that the people I know and love can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Collymore said he was curious about what happened at dogging sites after reading about the activity on the Internet.
His secret visits to dogging sites were revealed by two undercover reporters from The Sun newspaper who met him at a car park.
The controversial player quit the game two years ago after a short spell with Spanish side Real Oviedo.
Collymore, for whom Liverpool paid Nottingham Forest a then British record £8.5 million in 1995, scored 113 league and Cup goals in 223 appearances for nine clubs.
His career never took off and, beset by off-pitch problems which were continually reported in the media, his potential was never realised. – AFP