Ex-England star Rio Ferdinand handed six-month driving ban for speeding

Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand has been banned from driving for six months after admitting a speeding charge.

The ex-Manchester United star, who is now a football pundit, was caught doing more than 70 miles per hour in a Mercedes on the A27 at Hangleton in Hove on the south coast on July 22 last year.

The 41-year-old father-of-three was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for six months having hit a speed of 85 miles per hour, and was ordered to pay a total of £822 in fines and costs, court officials confirmed.

Ferdinand attended the hearing at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning.

He was previously caught speeding in his luxury Jaguar car three times in five weeks on the same road in Manchester in 2012.

He was fined and handed a six-month ban on that occasion, despite an argument from his lawyer at the time, Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman, that he should only receive a shorter discretionary suspension.

Earlier this summer Ferdinand and his wife Kate Wright revealed they are expecting their first child together.

He has been in a relationship with the former The Only Way Is Essex star, 29, since 2017 following the death of his wife Rebecca in 2015 at the age of 34 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.

Ferdinand already has three children from his previous marriage, Tate, Lorenz and Tia.

Ferdinand and Wright's relationship was the focus of a BBC documentary which aired earlier this year.

Rio And Kate: Becoming A Stepfamily explored the challenges Wright dealt with in being both a partner to Ferdinand and a new stepmother to three grieving children.