Regular readers will know of my disdain for footballers (yes, I am bigoted against them*), so it’s nice to report when they cock-up.
Tottenham Hotspur have been in the headlines recently for events off the pitch, as their players fail to understand the road traffic law in relation to driving their high-powered, very expensive vehicles on the roads of the UK.
Jermain Defoe doesn’t appear to know the meaning of speed limits after being convicted twice in he space of a month for exceeding the speed limit in his Ferrari. He was convicted of driving at 45 in a 30 near his home town in Hertfordshire & given four points & Ã‚Â£970 fine (isn’t that about 4 seconds’ worth of earnings?). As he was convicted of speeding on the M11 in Essex the month before, he was given a six-month disqualification which was suspended pending an appeal. (He’s been arrested for disqualified driving since & is considering legal action for wrongful arrest, but that’s a different story).
In the early hours of today Defoe’s team-mate David Bentley was arrested & charged with drink driving having crashed his Porsche into a lamppost near his home in Hertfordshire. He will be appearing at magistrates court later this month.
All this comes a couple of months after another Spurs player, Ledley King, was arrested on suspicion of ABH outside a nightclub in London.
Harry Rednapp must be so proud.
* I don’t actually believe that all professional footballers are violent drunks who can’t stick to the rules of the land, just a lot of them.