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Watford defender Mariappa reveals he helped Deeney financially during jail time

Watford defender Adrian Mariappa helped teammate Troy Deeney's family financially during his time in jail.

Deeney spent two months behind bars in 2012 for an attack on a group of students in Birmingham.

The forward had his wages suspended by Watford and Mariappa stepped in to help his family with a £10,000 loan.

Mariappa said: “It is what you do for someone you care about. He was going through a tough time.

“I used to write to him and spoke to him a few times. He asked me to do something and I did it as I am sure that he would have done the same for me."

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