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Footballer given ban for speeding

Pascal Chimbonda
Chimbonda was driving at 91mph in a 70mph area

A Premier League footballer has been given a six month driving ban after being found guilty of speeding.

Blackburn Rovers player Pascal Chimbonda was caught speeding in Nottinghamshire and in North Yorkshire.

Northallerton magistrates were told under "totting up" rules he had more than 12 points on his licence and was over the threshold for a driving ban.

Chimbonda, 30, of Loughton, Essex, did not appear in court for the sentencing and was not legally represented.

The French international full-back was caught speeding at 82mph in a 70mph zone in a black Cadillac saloon car on the A1 near Newark on 7 October.

Questioned conviction

He initially pleaded guilty to the offence at Grantham Magistrates' Court but the offence was dealt with by Northallerton Magistrates' Court at a hearing on Monday.

The court was told he was also caught speeding at 91mph in a 70mph zone in his Porsche on the A19 near Thirsk in January.

Magistrates have been told the player's previous driving offences include failing to provide information as to the keeper of the vehicle and having no insurance.

The case had been adjourned twice before because Chimbonda questioned the conviction for having no insurance.

However, magistrates were told progress had not been made in the case and they decided to deal with both the speeding matters in his absence.

He was also ordered to pay £2,185 in fines and court costs.

Chimbonda signed for Blackburn from Tottenham Hotspur on a two-year deal in August and has also previously played for Wigan and Sunderland.



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