English Premiership

Cole hit with four month ban

2010-01-29 15:45
Ashley Cole (File)
LONDON - Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole was banned from the road for four months on Friday for driving at over 100 mph in a 50 mph zone in what he said was an attempt to escape pursuing paparazzi photographers.

Police clocked the 29-year-old defender driving his black Lamborghini Gallardo at 104 mph on the A3 in Kingston, Surrey in November 2008.

Magistrates also imposed a 1,000-pound fine and warned Cole he could face prison if he flouted the ban, the Press Association reported.

However, Cole's legal team immediately launched an appeal putting his sentence on hold until a hearing at a Crown Court.

Cole, who is married to singer and presenter Cheryl Cole, was convicted at an earlier hearing by Kingston magistrates.

At that trial, Richard Lomax, prosecuting, described the events of Nov. 17 2008.

He said: "The defendant was stopped and spoken to and the words he said at the time, when it became plain that somebody was pointing a

speed camera at him, were 'Can't you do anything about those idiots who keep chasing me?'."

He added: "It cannot be a defence to the offence of speeding that one is trying to get away in the circumstances of members of the press showing excessive attention."

Cole, of Shackleford, Surrey, told police he thought he was driving at 80mph when he was stopped just after midday.

He did not attend court on Friday.

Read more on:    ashley cole  |  english premiership
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Fixtures
26 October 2014
Burnley v Everton, Turf Moor 15:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, White Hart Lane 15:30
Manchester United v Chelsea, Old Trafford 18:00
27 October 2014
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa, Loftus Road Stadium 22:00
01 November 2014
Newcastle United v Liverpool, St. James' Park 14:45
Stoke City v West Ham United, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Burnley, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, King Power Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Hull City v Southampton, The KC Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.