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Manchester United player Ashley Young faces driving ban

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Image caption Ashley Young is currently injured after hurting his shoulder in a match against Tottenham in January

Footballer Ashley Young is facing a possible driving ban after admitting speeding on a motorway in Warwickshire.

The Manchester United winger admitted doing 71mph in a 50mph limit on the M6 toll in March but did not appear at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court.

The court heard he already had nine points on his licence from two previous offences, which included doing 100mph on the M62 in West Yorkshire.

Young, 28, from Prestbury in Cheshire, will be sentenced on 30 January.

Prosecutor Jagdeep Sekhon said Young's Range Rover Vogue was caught by a speed camera near the M6 Toll's junction with the M42 on March 7 last year.

'No disrespect'

He offered no evidence on a separate charge of failing to provide information to police about the driver of the Range Rover.

The court heard Young was given six penalty points after being convicted of speeding on the M62 and three points for another unspecified incident in 2011.

The footballer's lawyer, Chris Sweetman, told magistrates his client meant "no disrespect" by not appearing in court but he was with the Manchester United squad preparing for their game with Swansea.

He said: "Clearly he will be in a position to pay any financial penalty within 24 days."

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