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Rio Ferdinand banned for 6 months after being caught speeding three times in five weeks

12 September 2012

























Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has received a six month driving ban after speeding three times in five weeks on the same road.


The former England captain was snapped in his Jaguar XJ speeding through a 30mph zone as he drove to and from training.


The 33-year-old tried to beat a ban by pleading he needed his licence to take his two sons to school. But Trafford magistrates in Greater Manchester rejected the argument and he was hit with a six-month ban.


The footballer, who was not in court, was also ordered to a £500 fine, £35 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.


Ferdinand was caught by a speed camera on the A56 in Manchester in February doing 38mph in a 30mph area.


He had been flashed for speeding at the same spot twice in January and already had three points on his licence.


Speeding charity Brake blasted the footballer for using his kids to try to beat a ban.  Spokesman Richard Coteau said: 'By repeatedly choosing to break speed limits he sends out a worrying and dangerous message.'


Manchester United declined to comment on the case.


From The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2201980/Rio-Ferdinand-banned-driving-months.html