Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand has been banned from driving for six months after being found guilty of using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.
Ferdinand, 25, was banned as he already had 12 points on his licence from a previous offence.
He was fined £1,000 at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, ordered to pay £85 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.
“He was leaning towards the centre of the car as if leaning on an armrest and had his mobile telephone in his left hand against his left ear,” explained prosecutor Kerry Gate.
“As the officer drew up alongside, he realised he was a police officer and immediately put the phone down from his ear.”
The former England Under-21 international was previously banned from driving for six months in May 2007.