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Ton up footie ace Sebastien Bassong gets driving ban

Sebastien BassongFormer Norwich City player Sebastien Bassong has been disqualified from driving for speeding at more than 100 miles an hour. The 31-year-old footballer appeared in court for sentencing after being convicted of hitting 110 mph in his Maserati last December.

Police clocked ton-up Bassong on the A11 close to Thetford at 23:25 on the 21 December. He pleaded guilty and was handed a 40-day ban from driving as well as fined £440 and ordered to pay the costs of the hearing.

In defence, Mr Bassong said he had got an urgent call from his partner and the mother of his children saying she was sick. He explained that she  had already had issues with kidney stones and they had thought the problem might be recurring.

Magistrates at South East Suffolk Court were told Mr Bassong was sorry and has now sold the Maserati. He added that as Norwich City had not renewed his contract this past summer he was unemployed and currently using his savings to live.

The Cameroon national player joined Norwich City in August 2012 and made 105 appearances before being released at the end of last season. During his time at Norwich, he was captain, won the club’s Player of the Season in 2013 and also made 11 appearances for Watford while on loan.

Prior to joining Norwich, Bassong played for French club FC Metz, Newcastle United, Tottenham, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He holds the dubious honour of having played for a relegated team six times during a 13-year playing career as a senior footballer.

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