A Premier League and former England footballer has been fined thousands of pounds after he was caught speeding at 99mph in Bucks.

Ben Foster, a goalkeeper at Watford FC, was caught hurtling down the M40 in a Tesla nearly 30mph over the speed limit between the Wooburn Green Lane overbridge and Junction 2 on April 23, 2021.

The ex-Manchester United shot-stopper failed to appear at his sentencing hearing at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on March 24, where he was given a six-month driving ban.

The 38-year-old had pleaded not guilty to a charge of speeding but was found guilty of the offence by a single justice procedure on December 14, 2021.

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Despite not attending the hearing, the justices still gave him a £2,250 fine and ordered him to pay a further £810 in costs. His licence was also endorsed with six points.

Foster, who earns an estimated £30,000 per week playing football, was given a month to pay up.

The court heard how Foster was a “repeat offender”, with the six points added to his licence bringing his total up to at least 12.

Any drivers who receive 12 or more points within a three-year period automatically receive a driving ban. In this case, the player was banned from the roads for six months.

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