Taxi For Ben Arfa
A Hatem Ben Arfa ban from driving for six months didn’t stop the Newcastle winger emerging from court with a smile on his face.
The Ben Arfa ban was handed down by the South East Northumberland Magistrates court after the midfielder did not respond adequately to police reports that someone had been caught speeding in a car which he owned.
Ben Arfa did not respond at all to the first report and took around two months to respond to the second, leading prosecutor Neil Fodor to say ‘Whatever situation, whatever procedures Mr Ben Arfa had for being abroad and where English was not his first language, it was his responsibility that those procedures worked and clearly, on this occasion, they did not.’
In Ben Arfa’s defence, Michelle Brown said ‘Being away from the home address, the system where the letters are sent on did not go through the chain with the necessary quickness that was required. I hope the court accepts his sincere apologies.’
Ben Arfa was sentenced to a six month ban from driving, 12 points on his license, a £2680 fine and a warning that he could face imprisonment should he break the ban.
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