Nicklas Bendtner given driving ban

Premier League footballer Nicklas Bendtner has scored something of an own goal after being banned from driving for almost two months.

The Denmark international, currently on loan at Sunderland from Arsenal, was ordered not to get behind the wheel of a car for 56 days after being clocked driving at almost 104mph on a 70mph limit road in December.

Although the £660 fine will hardly cause a dent in his exorbitant pay packet, he might suffer the inconvenience of having the pay a higher premium forcar insurance because of his irresponsible antics behind the wheel.

Bendtner was clocked speeding in his Porsche by a Northumbria Police officer on the A696 dual carriageway as the footballer rushed to catch a flight from Newcastle Airport.

The 24-year-old was not at Newcastle Magistrates' Court because he was back in his homeland for "contractual obligations".

The prosecution said that the footballer was recorded driving at 103.6mph for 0.137miles at 10.53am on Saturday December 10.

No penalty points were added to the three Bendtner has on his licence.

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