Ben Arfa gets six-month driving ban

Ben Arfa gets six-month driving ban

Newcastle United star Hatem Ben Arfa has been banned from driving for six months after twice failing to pass on information about someone caught speeding in his car.

The French international pleaded guilty to both offences at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court.

A car owned by the footballer was caught speeding in Gosforth, Newcastle on November 5 and November 20 last year, the court heard.

Police notified Ben Arfa of the incidents but he failed to reply to one and took two months to respond to the other.

"Whatever situation, whatever procedures Mr Ben Arfa had in place for being abroad and where English was not his first language, it was his responsibility that those procedures worked and clearly on these occasions they did not," Neil Fodor, prosecuting, said.

Mr Fodor said that it was Ben Arfa's responsibility, as registered keeper of the car, to respond to the allegations in the specified time.

Michelle Brown, defending, said that Ben Arfa had been frequently travelling between the UK and France at the time.

Margaret Sewell, chair of the bench, handed Ben Arfa a six-month driving ban, 12 points on his licence and fined him a total of £2,680. She warned him that he could face prison if he broke the ban.

Copyright Press Association 2013