Ashley Young fights M62 100mph speeding ban

Ashley Young Young told the court he would suffer hardship if he was banned from driving

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has admitted speeding at up to 100mph, but is to fight the driving ban handed to him.

Magistrates in Wakefield handed the 28-year-old winger a six-month ban after he was spotted speeding in a Range Rover on the M62 in January.

But the punishment was suspended after Young's lawyer said he would appeal.

Young, of Macclesfield Road, Prestbury, was told to pay a £1,000 fine, a £100 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The footballer was seen driving at 100mph on the eastbound carriageway of the M62, near Ainley Top, in West Yorkshire, at about 03:00 GMT on 27 January, the court heard.

He left the motorway at junction 24 and sped through a 30mph zone at 55mph before being stopped by police.

Child commitments

Young, who previously admitted speeding and already has six penalty points on his licence, told the court: "I know what I did was not right, it was totally incorrect and I was not just endangering myself I was endangering others on the road.

"I deeply regret what I've done and I'm sorry."

He was called to give evidence after he argued to keep his licence because he said he would suffer exceptional hardship by not being able to drive to see his young family.

He told the court he would drive to see his partner and two young children in Hertfordshire when he was free of his Manchester United commitments, but they were susceptible to change at short notice because of the way fixtures are often moved about.

Bench chairman John Myers said the court rejected his argument and banned him from driving for six months.

He told Young: "We do not find the case for exceptional hardship has been made. You will therefore be banned from driving from today for six months."

Young's lawyer, Chris Sweetman, told magistrates his client would appeal against the disqualification and immediately issued a written notice to the court.

Because of that the disqualification was suspended, Mr Myers said.

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