Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been issued with a six-month driving ban and fined £30,000 after admitting to a number of motoring offences earlier this year, including driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The 24-year-old was stopped by police in Manchester on 23 June on his return from a trip abroad, and admitted further offences on Monday ahead of a scheduled trial.
The United star’s representatives admitted he showed ignorance to the issue as a number of notification letters were sent to his home in Croydon, London.
This ignorance meant Wan-Bissaka failed to reply to these notices in a timely manner, leading to a six-month ban which was imposed in his absence at Leeds Magistrates Court on 18 June.
Wan-Bissaka already had six points on his driving license after a conviction in London in April last year.
The full-back was unaware he was under any driving disqualification after his Lamborghini Urus was seized by police on the A34, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.
Shawn Draycott, the defence, noted that the letters were not read by the former Crystal Palace man as they were sent during the time his Yorkshire house was under refurbishment.
Wan-Bissaka also failed to notify the DVLA regarding his change of address in 2019, the defence admitted - but District Judge Bernard Begley ensured that ‘at least six or seven letters’ would have been issued to his address in Croydon.
"Whether it was wise for you in the circumstances to delegate the tasks in relation to moving from the London address to Manchester is a matter you will have to reflect upon," said Judge Begley.
Wan-Bissaka, who now resides in the Greater Manchester area, has been issued with a £30,000 fine for driving while disqualified, with an extra £1,500 for failing to give more information regarding the speeding offences - he was not penalised separately for the insurance offence.
He also paid a victim surcharge and court fee amounting to £190 and £160 respectively.