Crouch handed driving ban

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch

Stoke City top scorer Peter Crouch has been disqualified from driving for six months just weeks after previously appearing in court for other driving offences.

The Premier League striker had already reached nine points on his licence, which is an automatic ban, under totting up procedures.

Nuneaton magistrates fined him £1,300 for two offences of failing to give police information relating to who was driving a Range Rover, which was alleged to be exceeding the national speed limit on the M42/M6 toll road at Curdworth in Warwickshire on 6th March and 25th April.

The first occasion the vehicle was spotted travelling at 69 mph in a 40mph zone, with his licence being endorsed with a further 12 points taking his tally to a total of 21. In addition to the points he was ordered to pay fees of £170, with a £15 victim surcharge.

Crouch, 31 of Mottram Cheshire failed to turn up to the hearing.

The Stoke Sentinel reported back in August how the former England star was handed five points on his licence after being caught speeding after a match in Macclesfield.

Meanwhile Crouch’s manager Tony Pulis was left flabbergasted after the postponement of England’s World Cup qualifier in Poland last night.

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross is with the England squad in Warsaw, and Pulis isn’t worried that the delayed game will have an effect on his star defender. Severe rainfall left an unplayable pitch at the Stadion Narodwy.

The game is due to start at 4pm, our time after the Polish authorities controversially failed to close the retractable roof.