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Rio Ferdinand banned for speeding
Rio Ferdinand on an FA goodwill mission in Malawi
Ferdinand is in Africa on an FA trip to promote Aids awareness
Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand has been banned from driving for 28 days after he was caught overtaking a police car at 105mph.

The England international, who admitted speeding, drove past the patrol car on the M6 in Staffordshire on 9 January.

Ferdinand, 26, of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, was also fined 1,500 by magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The defender, who was not in court, was criticised by the chairman of the bench for failing to set a good example.

'Role model'

It is Ferdinand's fourth driving ban, following convictions for drink-driving in 1997 and speeding in 2002 and 2003.

Sentencing Ferdinand, Ashley Howells said: "This court views speeding on local highways most seriously, particularly when the speed is more than 100mph, and our view is that Mr Ferdinand must be disqualified.

"He is a role model and should be a positive role model for young people in society and this does not give out the right message."

Ferdinand, who is currently in Africa doing charity work, was also ordered to pay 35 in prosecution costs.

Earlier, prosecutor Sandie Laughlin told the court that the England star's high-powered Chrysler was tracked by police travelling at an average of 105.9mph over a distance of nearly two miles.

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