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England footballer Jermain Defoe fined for speeding

Jermain Defoe
Defoe was driving a Land Rover through Portsmouth

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe has pleaded guilty to speeding while driving in Portsmouth.

The England and Tottenham Hotspur striker did not attend the hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court.

He admitted the charge through his barrister Dean George but denied a second charge of failing to give details, which the prosecution dropped.

Defoe, 27, was fined £400, ordered to pay £45 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and given four points on his licence.

Driving ban

The former Portsmouth striker admitted driving at 45mph in a 30mph zone in Anglesea Road, Portsmouth, on 8 May 2008.

The court was told that Defoe is already disqualified from driving for six months for other speeding offences.

Mr George said of this offence, which involved a Land Rover 4x4: "It was 1.08am, there was no other traffic on the road, there were no other aggravating features."

For a footballer who earns thousands a week to be given a fine of just a few hundred pounds - it is not much of a deterrent.
Brake spokeswoman

Defoe's other driving offences were four points for speeding on 4 October 2008 and six points for speeding on 18 April 2009.

He was disqualified from driving for six months on 14 July 2008 and received a further six-month ban on 10 July 2009.

Road safety campaigners have criticised the level of the latest fine and said Defoe should have been more responsible.

A spokeswoman for road safety charity Brake said: "It's setting an extremely bad example when someone who is looked up to by many people obviously has no respect for the law and safety of others on the roads.

"For a footballer who earns thousands a week to be given a fine of just a few hundred pounds - it is not much of a deterrent.

"We would like to see courts being able to link fines to how much offenders earn."



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