London, May 2 (ANI): A Premier League player coughs up 60000 pounds every few months to enjoy a drug cartel's continued 'protection'.
The the football star has been told he will face 'serious harm' if he fails to pay up.
The cash funds the gang's drug related activities, specifically the acquisition of cannabis.
The gang members believe the unknown star is merely paying for their services.He was looked after when he lived on the estate, when he was young and up-and-coming. People higher up and older than me watched his back when people were trying to turn him over. " The Daily Star quoted a twenty two-year-old gangster as saying.
"You can either have no one protecting you and have someone kick your head in or you can pay someone to protect you. And that's what he did," added the gangster reflecting the lack of alternatives for big stars.
The footballer uses fronts to forward the cash to his benefactors.(ANI)