Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has been banned from driving for six months after being caught speeding on two separate occasions.
The 27-year-old was fined £1,000 and £85 for costs, as well as a £15 victim surcharge for not supplying information on who was driving his vehicle despite requests from Northumbria police late last year.
Ba did not attend South East Northumberland Magistrates Court, where it was revealed he has failed to turn up for two earlier hearings and had ignored letters sent to him from the police back in November 2011.
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The original penalty of six points had to be re-evaluated once it was established that the Senegal international had already incurred a similar punishment, so a driving ban was given.
The police refused to release any details regarding the vehicle involved in the incidents, the locations or the speed he was travelling on each occasion.
The striker joined the Magpies back June 2011 and notched 16 goals in 34 Premier League appearances for the club last season.
Ba netted in the club’s opening-day 2-1 win over Tottenham this season but has failed to score in his last three matches.