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Ronaldo gets 1,000 speeding fine
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo admitted he was driving but was not in court
Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has been given six points on his licence and ordered to pay 1,000 after being caught speeding.

The Portuguese international was snapped by a speed camera travelling at 60mph in a 40mph zone on the Princess Parkway in Manchester in July 2006.

He did not turn up for the hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

Ronaldo, 21, of Stockport, returned a notice of intended prosecution to confirm he was the driver.

Prosecutor William Donnelly outlined the facts of the case against the winger, who was identified by his full name, Cristiano Ronaldo Santos Aveiro.

In Mr Ronaldo's case there can be no credit at all for a guilty plea
District judge Wendy Lloyd

He said Ronaldo's Porsche Cayenne was photographed by a speed camera close to the junction with Mauldeth Road West.

He said: "In the document he admitted he was the driver of the vehicle at the material time."

District judge Wendy Lloyd said she found the case proved in Ronaldo's absence. He was not legally represented at the hearing.

She said: "In Mr Ronaldo's case there can be no credit at all for a guilty plea. The system has been manipulated in this case up until the last minute.

"It is 50% over the speed limit for that area but it does not reach the stage at which I would ask for Mr Ronaldo to be here in order for me to consider disqualification."

She ordered he be given six points on his licence and must pay a 500 fine plus 500 court costs.

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