Drink-drive footballer is banned

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Premier League footballer Stephane Sessegnon has been banned from the roads for 20 months after admitting driving over the limit.

The West Bromwich Albion player also pleaded guilty to two counts of driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

Appearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, the Benin international received three points on his licence and was ordered to pay a total of £7,605.

The 29-year-old was stopped by police in August in Newcastle where he was found to be more than double the drink-driving limit.

At the time of his arrest, he was playing for Sunderland AFC, who were playing a cup game against MK Dons that evening.

Mrs Judith Williams, prosecuting, said: “At 6.35pm on August 27 officers were drawn to reports of a Range Rover driving down Westgate Road, Newcastle.

“Further checks found that the vehicle was not insured. Officers spoke to the driver and checks found he was unlicenced. He also failed a road side breath test.”