Everton wingers Aaron Lennon was caught for speeding near their training ground. Lennon was not caught alone.
Kevin Mirallas was also caught by a speed camera near to the Finch Farm training ground. Former England star Lennon and Belgian international Mirallas were caught breaking the 40mph limit in a temporary restriction area near the Runcorn Bridge.
A court on Thursday heard Mirallas, 28, was driving at 69mph in a Nissan and just eleven minutes earlier, his team mate Lennon, 29, was recorded driving his Land Rover at 56mph. The Belgian international Mirallas, who lives in Hale, Cheshire, pleaded guilty in his absence. He is due to be sentenced next month and faces a possible driving ban because of the speed he was travelling.
The court was told Lennon, whose address was given as Poplar, East London, had not responded to court papers and he was found guilty in his absence of failing to provide information about who was behind the wheel of the Land Rover at the time of the incident.
He was given six points on his license and fined £660. The former Spurs player was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £66. Neither player was represented at Warrington magistrates’ court .
After the case Mirallas’ solicitor Stuart Page, from Manchester firm Aticus Law, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. But he said the player did face a possible road ban because he was travelling at almost 30mph above the temporary limit.
A spokeswoman for football agents Base Soccer, who represent Lennon, said the player did not know he was due in court as the documents had been sent to a previous address. They aren’t the first Merseyside players to be caught speeding. This time last year Liverpool FC player Kolo Toure was fined £600 and had eight points added to his license after admitting speeding through Prestbury in Cheshire, and in 2013 Wavertee-born Ross Barkley got six points for driving at 50mph in a 30mph zone.