England and Rangers striker Jermain Defoe was fined for driving 20mph over the speed limit in his Land Rover.
The 38-year-old was caught speeding at 61mph in a 40mph zone in Enfield, north London, in May last year.
He pleaded guilty but did not attend a court hearing today and was represented by a solicitor on video link.
Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard the footballer was sent a letter about the driving offence but he didn’t see it because it was sent to “one of his other addresses”.
According to the charge he was speeding in his ‘16 plate Land Rover between Hoe Lane and Turkey Street on the A10.
The footballer was banned from driving for six months in 2009 after being convicted of speeding, however the court heard he does not currently have enough points on his licence to face a ban.
He was also up in court in 2010 for using a phone while behind the wheel.
Prosecutor Alison Larkin said Defoe has three points on his licence after three fell away last year from a speeding conviction from 2017.
Fergus Harrington, defending, told the court Defoe lives between Scotland and Essex and needs to drive to get to training and matches.
He said: “He has pleaded guilty to an offence of speeding and I ask that he is given full credit for his early guilty plea. You heard this speeding offence relates to 61mph in a 40mph zone.
“In the sentencing guidelines you will see that the bracket for speeding in a 40mph zone from 56-65mph attracts penalty points between four and six points or a potential short disqualification between seven and 28 days.
“In my submission this offence falls in that bracket of 56-65mph and given the early guilty plea I would be grateful if you could offer the lowest amount of points you feel capable. Mr Defoe does have three points on his driving licence.
“He drives on a regular basis to get to training and matches, and especially at the moment in the ongoing pandemic he is required to drive himself to matches and training.”
Magistrates asked to see a means form showing Defoe’s income to calculate a fine.
However a legal advisor commented they could assume Defoe, who also played for West Ham, Spurs and Sunderland, would be at the highest end of earners.
Defoe, of Chigwell, Essex, was handed five penalty points and a fine of £750.
He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £100 and a surcharge of £75.
He was told to pay the total of £925 within seven days.
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