Pienaar faces arrest in UK

2012-04-24 10:00

Johannesburg - Steven Pienaar faces another likely driving ban in England after a warrant of arrest was issued for him on Monday.

Pienaar was caught doing 70km/h and 61km/h in a 48km/h zone in the space of 11 days last October while playing for Tottenham Hotspur, before beginning a loan spell with Everton in January.

Under UK law he was supposed to let authorities know who was the driver of the car on each occasion, but according to records in the Chelmsford Magistrates Court he failed to do so.

The judge found him guilty of this offence in his absence and has issued a warrant of arrest for him. It is likely he will face another driving ban, having already been stopped from driving for 12 months in March 2010 after he was found guilty of drunk-driving.

The off-field problems come at a time when Pienaar is playing some of the best football of his career.

His goal in the 4-4 draw between Everton and Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday was his third in 10 starts for The Toffees since his return on loan. He also netted in wins over Chelsea and Sunderland.

National coach Pitso Mosimane will now be hoping that any prospective future court date does not coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June, when Bafana Bafana will play Ethiopia at home and Botswana away.


  • John - 2012-04-24 10:04

    South African culture of lawlessness does not work in the UK........

      Hallo - 2012-04-24 10:11

      lol what a joke.

      Dhirshan - 2012-04-24 10:14

      hooligan! he is supposed to be sa no. 1 footballer and he behaves like this!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 10:15

      He is an embarrassment.

      Sean - 2012-04-24 11:00


      Joseph - 2012-04-24 11:36

      Such obscenely over the top reactions people. It's a flippin traffic ticket.

      Anthony - 2012-04-24 12:08

      The UK is a "Nanny" State. They would probably lock you up for using the queen's name in vain.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 00:55

      Lock him up and throw away the key!!!

  • Itumeleng - 2012-04-24 10:30

    Hulle is jaloers van Piennar's geld - hahahaha.

  • Cpho Addwin Featherbird - 2012-04-24 10:30

    We understand steve, ur car agrees with u, it's nt like ur driving a cresida!

  • Neutedop - 2012-04-24 10:30

    Oh please!!! Like all of you never go over the speed limit! 13km/h. This guy celebrated that goal on Sunday, by exposing a shirt saying: God is Great. I respect this guy way more than you lot that just can't wait to tell someone off!

      Deon - 2012-04-24 10:41

      Not very clever to miss a court date, who does that?

      Press - 2012-04-24 12:18

      I'd rather fine him for exposing that t-shirt - and why is Pienaar driving - you can run faster than 48km/h !

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-24 10:36

    Are you going to behave like this everytime after scoring?

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-24 10:41

    Last time i checked player agents were supposed to be lawyers and this guys should be offering legal advice to these players. Now before jumping to conclusions the question is, was Pienaar aware of that law that required him to report who the driver was? And if he wasn't i blame his lawyer(Agent) who i think would know of such incidents and offer legal advice.

      Heiku - 2012-04-24 11:45

      Ignorance of the law is not a defense.

  • strydog - 2012-04-24 10:42

    John if u have a problem with the player its ok don't take it out on our country. Your country also has a knack of doing things contrary to the law.

  • Faizie - 2012-04-24 10:58

    Hmm he showed them a Toffee

  • Thabo Kgoebane - 2012-04-24 11:17

    Imagine a DB9 @ 48km/h. That's an insult to the Aston Martin brand. F..k UK laws.

      Raymond - 2012-04-24 13:01

      Same as you probably F..k our laws. Ridiculous comment! Have you seen the English Country roads? Probably not, yet here you are..... Twat

  • Jacques - 2012-04-24 11:20

    Calling the guy a lawless hooligan is a bit over the top. The drunk drving thing is despicable and he should rightly be punished. But he was 13 ks over the limit, which was 48 (an odd limit for a South African) so he did 60 odd. Which would be perfectly fine here. What he did was wrong, a limit is a limit, but maybe an honest mistake?

  • Kosta - 2012-04-24 11:34

    What else is Man United going to try next?

  • Tyrone - 2012-04-24 12:02

    What a joke!! The judge is prob a united fan!! Angy cause stevie P scored the equalizer!! HAHAHAHA Go stevie u legend!!

  • Cpho Addwin Featherbird - 2012-04-24 12:06

    Just because he is coloured dsnt mean hs frm capetown, hs frm westbury, jhb! Pls ppl knw ur stori b4 u Talk

  • Gladstone - 2012-04-24 12:15

    In UK If you are caught speeding, you still have to tell who's the driver, I just don't get it. Ooppss! Maybe it is true, it's that goal you in Man U.

  • Johan - 2012-04-24 12:34

    I was fined R750 for 51km ina 40km limit inJHB South!

  • Keith - 2012-04-24 13:32

    Certainly he has make a mistake but I don't think he is an embarrassment.When our rugby players is fighting in pubs in Bloem the fans are silent.

      Envor - 2012-04-24 13:59

      Good point Keith , ..but what a lot of gabberish by most of these one-eyed bandits...'been there . The worst hooligans are getting minor fines over there and they 're in their thousands , let's celebrate Pienaar's and any other South African's performances and achievements and not blindly judge people a nd throw stones just for the sake of it...where is the love ...(really some sickos out there )...

  • Ruan - 2012-04-25 10:10

    .....footy culture in uk= driving un-insured, no tax, driving drunk, getting pissed, three-some's etc. etc....

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