Premier World documentary charts Emmanuel Petit's journey from tragedy to triumph

Arsenal and France legend on how the death of his brother spurred him on to become a World Cup-winning footballer.

Last Updated: 14/11/17 5:56pm

PL World Special: Emmanuel Petit is on Thursday, 11pm, Sky Sports Premier League

PL World Special: Emmanuel Petit is on Thursday, 11pm, Sky Sports Premier League

Arsenal and France legend Emmanuel Petit opens up about his journey from tragedy to triumph in a brutally honest Premier League World documentary.

Raised in Normandy, where he embarked on a “perfect, happy childhood”, Petit’s family were torn apart in 1988 by the death of his brother, Olivier, while he was playing amateur football for Arques.

The documentary, on Sky Sports on Thursday, offers a fascinating insight into how the death of his brother spurred him on to become a World Cup-winning footballer.

“That was the first time I saw my father crying,” Petit recalls. “He was smashing his head on the wall and kept saying ‘this cannot be true’.

“My brother had so many talents and I still don’t understand why this happened.”

Watch PL World Special: Emmanuel Petit on Thursday at 11pm on Sky Sports Premier League

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