Rio handed six-month driving ban

Rio handed six-month driving ban

Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has snubbed offers of a chauffeur after being banned from driving earlier this week.

The 33-year-old was busted three times in nine weeks for speeding on the same road as he drove to and from the Premier League giants Carrington training ground.

The former England captain was initially caught in his luxury Jaguar doing 38mph in a 30mph zone on the A56 Chester Road on February 9 this year before being snapped two more times at the same spot, risking his licence and risingcar insurance costs.

Nick Freeman, who was defending Ferdinand, claimed the centre-back should have received a shorter discretionary sentence as he was not pulled over by police and was a "victim of the system".

Trafford Magistrates' Court issued Ferdinand with a six-month driving ban under the points totting-up procedure, while the London-born star was also fined £500 and ordered to pay £35 costs.

Reacting to the ban on his official Twitter account, Ferdinand wrote: "Didn't know so many drivers followed me!! Thanks for the offers but I'm cool, I'm sorted on the drivers front. #speedkills"

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