The former Manchester United and England footballer, David Beckham was caught using his phone while driving and has been banned from driving for six months. The football star was driving his Bentley in London’s West End on November 21 when a member of the public spotted him using his phone, reports Press Association (PA).
“Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road, he appeared to be looking at his lap. He (the witness) says that the defendant was operating a handheld device at knee level. At that moment a photograph was taken,” said prosecutor Matthew Spratt, according to PA.
Appearing before the court, Beckham was ordered to pay a £750 fine after admitting using his phone while driving in November.
A south London court handed Beckham six points on his drivers’ license for the offence in the British capital, according to UK media agency Press Association. With six points already on his license for other speeding offences, Beckham, 43, now faces a ban. He was banned from the roads by District Judge Catherine Moore, who added six points to his licence which already had six points on it from two previous speeding offences.
To defend his client, Beckham’s lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, said he could not remember the incident.
“There is no excuse for what took place but his view is as he cannot remember… he’s going to plead guilty and that’s what he’s done,” said Tyrrell.
He is currently working to bring the 25th MLS franchise to Miami, Florida. Beckham also spent time playing for Spain’s Real Madrid and LA Galaxy in the US, before ending his successful football career with a short stint at Paris Saint-Germain.