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Footballer admits driving offence

Ricardo Fuller - archive photo
Ricardo Fuller is Stoke City's top scorer this season

Premier League footballer Ricardo Fuller has pleaded guilty to driving without a UK licence.

The 29-year-old Jamaican striker, who plays for Stoke City, admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence at Fenton Magistrates' Court.

Fuller, of Ashbourne Drive, Crewe, Cheshire, was fined £190 and given three penalty points.

His defence had previously claimed that he was resident in Jamaica and therefore did not need a UK licence.

Two charges that he had driven without insurance were dropped at an earlier court hearing.

He was charged after being arrested while driving a black BMW as he pulled into the Stoke City training ground in the Trent Vale area of the city on 25 February.

Fuller, who was not in court, is the club's top scorer this season with eight goals.

He is understood to have taken his UK driving theory test and to be taking his practical driving test later this month.

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