Chelsea footballer Cesc Fabregas was banned from driving on Friday after pleading guilty to driving at more than 100mph on a 50mph road. A police officer had clocked the midfielder driving at 110mph on the Esher bypass in Surrey with a hand-held camera.
Appearing before Guildford magistrates, Fabregas admitted to exceeding the speed limit in his Aston Martin Vantage model. He was given six penalty points. When added to the six unexpired penalty points already on his licence, this meant he was automatically disqualified from driving for six months.
The 28-year-old, who also plays for the Spanish national team, also has to pay a total of £2,565 in fines and costs. This is made up of a £1,000 fine for the speeding offence, a £100 victim fee, an £840 payment to the expert who verified the camera’s results and £625 in court costs.
Speaking on behalf of Fabregas, barrister Ben Waidhofer explained to the presiding magistrates that his client would not appear before them again for speeding. He noted that the midfielder had learnt a lesson and was sorry about the incident.
In mitigation, Waidhofer stated that his client was not an habitual offender and this was only his second court appearance in a decade. He continued by saying his client was not always in court for driving offences such as speeding, no insurance, no licence or jumping traffic lights.
Fabregas joined Chelsea last year after spending three years in Barcelona. Before that he played for Chelsea’s London rivals, Arsenal. Barrister Waidhofer didn’t seem to mention the three-year absence from the UK when citing his client’s exemplary driving record.