Ashley Young given six-month driving ban


Manchester United footballer Ashley Young at the Warwickshire Justice Centre, Leamington SpaAshley Young leaves Warwickshire Justice Centre

Manchester United and England footballer Ashley Young has been banned from driving for six months.

The 28-year-old was handed four penalty points after he admitted speeding at 71mph on a 50mph section of the M6 Toll in Warwickshire in March last year.

Warwick Magistrates Court heard he already had nine points on his licence for an earlier speeding conviction.

Young’s solicitor argued the road had been “quiet” at the time of his latest offence.

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Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa banned from driving


Hatem Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa joined Newcastle United in 2010

A Newcastle United player has been banned from driving after he failed to pass on information about who was driving his speeding car.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s vehicle was twice found to be travelling over the limit in Gosforth in November 2012.

As its registered keeper, the French international was notified by police but did not respond.

Appearing at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, the 26-year-old pleaded guilty to two offences.

Magistrates heard he failed to respond at all over one of the incidents and waited two months before responding to police on the other occasion.


‘Genuine apology’

Neil Fodor, prosecuting, said: “Whatever situation, whatever procedures Mr Ben Arfa had in place for being abroad and where English was not his first language, it was his responsibility that those procedures worked and clearly on these occasions they did not.”

Michelle Brown, defending, said Ben Arfa had been going back and forth between the UK and France during the relevant period.

She said: “Being away from the home address, the system where the letters are sent on did not go through the necessary chain with the quickness that was required.

“I hope the court accepts his genuine apology.”

As well as the driving ban, he was given 12 points on his licence and fined a total of £2,680.

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Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote ‘to deny’ fraud and driving charges

Cheick TioteCheick Tiote signed for Newcastle United in 2010

Newcastle United footballer Cheick Tiote is to deny five charges including using a false identity document and fraud, his lawyer has told a court.

The midfielder, 27, was stopped by police on 12 February near the club’s training ground on suspicion of fraud in relation to driving offences.

The Ivory Coast star is accused of using a fake Belgian driving licence in a bid to obtain a UK licence.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he would contest the charges at a trial.

Mr Tiote’s barrister Robert Adams told the Recorder of Newcastle James Goss QC the French-speaking player would need an interpreter when the trial took place in October.

Granted bail

Mark Giuliani, prosecuting, said: “I understand that the matter will be contested and that a trial date in October would be convenient to the parties.”

It will take an estimated three days.

Mr Tiote, who has not entered pleas, will do so formally at a hearing on 6 September. He was granted bail in the meantime.

Mr Tiote, who lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, faces the following charges:

  • Fraud by false representation in that in December he had a genuine Belgian driving licence, to get a UK licence.
  • Possessing an ID document “that was false and that you knew or believed was false, namely a Belgian driving licence with the intention of using the document to establish personal information about you”.
  • Making a false statement to obtain insurance in September 2011.
  • Driving a Chevrolet without a licence in February.
  • Driving the Chevrolet without third party insurance on the same date.

Born in the Ivory Coast, he moved to Belgian club Anderlecht in 2005 and then played for Dutch side FC Twente before signing for Newcastle in 2010.

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