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Footballer's speed charge dropped

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Alan Hutton now plays for Tottenham Hotspur

A Premier League footballer has been cleared of speeding at 90mph in a 50mph zone after prosecutors failed to take the case into extra time.

Scotland international Alan Hutton, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, was accused of speeding in his Bentley on the M8 in Glasgow last November.

But the case was dropped after prosecutors failed in a second attempt to get more time to prepare evidence.

Hutton, 23, had pleaded not guilty to the charge at Glasgow District Court.

Rangers move

Stipendiary magistrate Alan Findlay told him: "The matter is deserted. You are free to go."

It was the third time the ex-Rangers defender had travelled from London to attend court following the alleged offence.

Hutton's solicitor Graham Walker said the Crown had been given plenty of time to prepare the case.

He added: "I think it's quite right that the judge made the type of decision that he would make in any other case and that Mr Hutton shouldn't be prejudiced by his celebrity."

Hutton played for Rangers for five years before joining Tottenham in January in a reported 9m deal.

The footballer refused to comment.

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