Southampton star Mario Lemina has received the UK’s biggest-ever speeding fine and been banned from driving for a year.
The 25-year-old was hit with the £96,000 fine on Monday after failing to tell police on three occasions whether it was him behind the wheel when his Mercedes-AMG GLA45 was clocked for speeding.
Gabon international Lemina said he did not know whether it was his brother or cousin, both staying with him at the time, driving the £50,000 car, according to The Sun.
UK SPEEDING FINES
Tougher punishments for serious speeding offences came into effect in England and Wales last year.
Band C offences, for the highest recorded speeds, could result in a fine of between 125 per cent and 175 per cent of the driver’s weekly incomes, as well as six licence points and a disqualification of up to 56 days.
The typical maximum fine for speeding is £1,000, unless the offence occurs on a motorway in which case the standard upper limit is £2,500.
However, magistrates can impose tougher punishments for persistent offenders, such as in Lemina’s case.
He admitted three counts of failing to notify police after ignoring their letters.
Lemina received 18 points on top of the 21 he already had on his non-UK licence, adding up to a year’s driving ban.
The fine of £96,000 is three times his weekly salary at the Premier League club, but it could have risen to £144,000 had he denied he was driving at the time.
Lemina, who joined Southampton from Juventus in a £15.4million deal last year, recently celebrated the birth of his first child with Belgian model Fanny Neguesha.
The couple, who have been dating since last year, have called their son Isaiah-King.
Neguesha rose to prominence when she dated Italian striker Mario Balotelli during his time at Milan in 2013 and 2014.
Lemina did not appear at Aldershot magistrates’ court to receive his punishment but is set to discuss the matter with his club.
The £96,000 fine exceeded the £86,000 one handed to television star Ant McPartlin for drink driving back in April.