Norwich City legend Darren Huckerby says he and his family are devastated after his son was sentenced for street robberies in the city.
Ben Huckerby, 18, has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution for his part in the crimes.
Norwich Crown Court heard Huckerby and two other teenagers admitted targeting other youngsters near Vue Cinema and the Castle Gardens in January.
The gang threatened other teenagers with a hammer, stealing a necklace and an Apple watch and attempting to rob a third victim.
Huckerby, who played 203 times for the Canaries between 2003 and 2008, scoring 48 goals, issued a statement through his solicitor.
The statement said: “We made our home in Norwich because we fell in love with the city, county and people when we arrived in 2003.
“I have always tried to pay back some of the welcome by trying to hold the highest standards on and off the pitch, helping the local community when I can and through things like the charitable trust we set up.
“Learning the choices he made has shocked us. He knows our feelings about the incidents and the damage caused. Our thoughts go out to those involved in this case, we are devastated that their lives were affected in this way.