Newcastle United’s Florian Thauvin has been fined for speeding in his Fiat 500 according to a report from the Newcastle Chronicle.
At the start of the year on January 8th, a speed camera caught Thauvin going at 45mph in a 30mph zone on Benton Lane, which is near Newcastle’s training ground. And while the Frenchman did not appear at Gateshead Magistrates Court to answer to the court, he did admit guilt to the crime and was summarily fined.
And so Thauvin, who is believed to earn around £100,000 a week contract after signing for the Magpies in the summer of 2015 when they were in the Premier League, was given a £769 fine in addition to £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £70. A charge of him failing to give information regarding the identity of the driver of the Fiat 500 was dropped.
And in fining Thauvin, magistrate Dr. Richard Scothon said: “For driving in a 30mph area at 45mph he will be fined. The fine before his plea was £1,153, but because of his timely guilty plea the fine is reduced to £769, in line with sentencing guidelines.”
“And to his clean licence we will be adding five penalty points. Unsurprisingly, we want this paid in full withing 14 days. If he does not pay in the 14 days he could be brought before the court and prison can be considered as an option.”
Thauvin was signed from Marseille last summer but struggled to make an impact and was soon loaned back to the French, not long after this incident of speeding. He again returned to Marseille for another loan deal this season after Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League.