Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a Manchester United defender, has been given a six-month driving penalty and a £30,000 fine for driving while suspended and without insurance.
After being detained by police in Manchester on June 23 while returning from a vacation overseas, the 24-year-old guilty earlier this year of driving while disqualified and without insurance.
He also pleaded guilty on Monday to failing to submit driver details for two speeding offences in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in September 2020, ahead of a scheduled trial.
As notification letters were issued to Wan-previous Bissaka’s home in Croydon, London, his lawyers claimed the right-back was in a “state of complete ignorance” about the Yorkshire driving concerns.
Due to his inability to respond, a six-month driving penalty was given in his absence at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on June 18 – just five days before his Lamborghini Urus was seized by police on the A34 after authorities stopped him.
According to the court, Wan-Bissaka already had six points on his license from a conviction in London in April 2020.
“When he was stopped on the A34, he was courteous and respectful to the officers, and he indicated to them that he had no notion he was disqualified,” defence lawyer Shaun Draycott told Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
He said Wan-Bissaka had been with his first club, Crystal Palace, since he was 11 years old, and that seven years later he got his first agent.
According to the lawyer, sports agents are responsible for a wide range of personal services for their clients, including one situation he knows of – not involving Wan-Bissaka – in which an agency arranged for a player’s trash bins to be picked up.
District Judge Bernard Begley noted during sentencing that at least “six or seven letters” relating the speeding offenses would have been delivered to Wan-Croydon Bissaka’s home, but he acknowledged Wan-Bissaka was unaware he had been banned in June.
“Whether it was wise for you in the circumstances to delegate the chores in regard to moving from the London address to Manchester is a subject you will have to reflect on,” Judge Begley told the sportsman, banning him from the road for six months from Monday.
Wan-Bissaka, who lives in Hale, Greater Manchester, with his partner and 12-month-old child, was fined £30,000 for driving while disqualified, as well as fines of £1,500 for failing to provide information on the speeding matters.
He was also forced to pay a £190 victim surcharge fee as well as £160 in court expenses.
The insurance violation did not result in a further penalty.