Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has been fined more than £800 and handed six penalty points after being caught speeding at 90mph in his £140,000 Mercedes.
The 20-year-old was pulled over by police in August last year on the A3 in Merton, south London, on his way to training.
Hudson-Odoi admitted speeding and claimed he was running late because of a road closure and was trying to make up for lost time.
He was not disqualified from driving but was warned he now has nine points on his licence – which means any more driving offences could see him automatically banned for six months.
The England international arrived at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in south London on Wednesday morning wearing a black hoodie and jeans with an entourage of men.
The case nearly took place in his absence after he was late walking into the building.
Prosecutor Alison Larkin said the footballer was pulled over by police at 9.47am on August 6 last year after being clocked speeding at 90mph in a 50mph zone.
He has a previous conviction for speeding from July 2019 which led to three points being endorsed on his licence.
Oliver Glasgow QC, defending, said his client had sent a letter to the court explaining ‘considerable pressure and personal problems’ in his life at the time.
He said: “He was expected to arrive at training at a certain time, he feared he would not – so he increased his speed.
“That in no way excuses the speed at which he drove. He readily appreciates that to drive at that speed in that speed limit was totally unacceptable.
“Personal circumstances in his life at the time and particularly the pressures of work led him to take a very silly decision in attempting to get to work on time. What he should have done is contact work, explain the anticipated delay and hope that it would not reflect on him.
“What he chose to do was attempt to get to work on time and in doing so drove his car far too fast.
“The defendant recognises the position in which he has put himself. He recognises this court will punish him appropriately.
“All he can say was it was an extremely stupid decision, not born of a careless disregard of users of the road. At the time he was stopped there were no other cars on the road near him.
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“This is not to suggest, despite the time the driving took place, he was driving recklessly and dangerously at a time with other road users on the road. It was an empty road.
“All he simply wants to do is repeat his true sense of shame at the speed he drove, there is no proper excuse or justification.”
Hudson-Odoi, of Wandsworth, south London, was fined a total of £834 and handed six penalty points.
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