ARSENAL great Emmanuel Petit has told how injuries wrecked his playing career – just months after being told he had been cursed by a WITCH DOCTOR.
And the French World Cup winner said he ignored advice to sacrifice a cow to ward off the evil spell – only to see his Chelsea career bedevilled by problems.
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Petit, 46, won the 1998 Double with the Gunners and scored in France’s 3-0 World Cup final win over Brazil in the same year.
He swapped Arsenal for Barcelona in 2000 before joining the Blues a year later. However the midfielder suffered a spate of injuries, and was released in 2004.
He announced his retirement in January 2005 after failing fully to recover from knee surgery.
Now a pundit, Petit told French TV station SFR Sport that a marabout – an African spiritualist – had blighted his career.
He said: “I had a curse put on me. After the 2002 World Cup I was on a beach on the Cote d’Azur.
“There were African street vendors going around, and one came up and set out some of his stuff in front of me.
“He told me: ‘There are rumours going around that a marabout has put an evil spell on you. People are jealous of you, and a serious injury will end your career.’
“I asked him what I could do to prevent this happening. He said: ‘You have to kill a cow.’
“At the time I thought he was just telling lies.
“But six months later I did suffer a serious injury. I did not kill a cow, and I went on to suffer a double ligament tear in my right leg.”