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Wednesday, 7 November, 2001, 12:42 GMT
Amoruso gets speeding penalty
Lorenzo Amoruso
Amoruso was travelling to a shooting trip
A Rangers footballer thought to earn 25,000 a week has been fined for speeding - and told to pay the penalty at 25 per week.

Italian defender Lorenzo Amoruso was fined when he appeared at Perth District Court on Wednesday.

Amoruso, who joined the Ibrox club from Fiorentina in a 4.2m deal, was clocked driving at 92mph on the notorious A9 dual carriageway.

The player, who has an Italian driving licence, admitted the charge in a letter to the court.

This was a serious lapse of concentration for which I am very sorry

Lorenzo Amoruso
He said that he was "unable, for contractual reasons connected to my profession" to give details of his salary.

It is believed that a new contract which will keep him with Rangers until 2004 earns him in the region of 1m per season.

However, Justice of the Peace Neil Muir told the court that Amoruso could pay his fine at 25 per week.

"I will endorse his licence with four penalty points and impose a fine of 260," he said.

Amoruso, of Bearsden, was caught during a Tayside Police crackdown on speeding on the road, which has claimed more than a dozen lives this year.

Rising speed

He had been travelling to meet Perth-based friends for a shooting trip when he was stopped near Auchterarder.

The 30-year-old footballer was driving a Rangers-registered vehicle, a 16,000 Y-registration Honda H-RV.

Amoruso said he had not noticed his speed rising as he drove towards Perth from his home on the outskirts of Glasgow.

"This was a serious lapse of concentration for which I am very sorry," he wrote in his letter to the court.

"I have been in Scotland for five years and this is the first time something like this has happened."

See also:

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