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By ESPN Staff

Ashley Cole banned from driving and hit with fine

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been banned from driving for doing more than 100mph in a 50mph zone.

Cole claimed he was being chased by paparazzi when a speed gun recorded him driving his black Lamborghini Gallardo at 104mph.

Magistrates at Kingston imposed a four-month ban and £1,000 fine. However, Cole's legal team immediately launched a bid against the ban which will be considered later.

Cole was on the A3 in Kingston, Surrey, when he was clocked speeding and though he denied the charge he was convicted at an earlier hearing.

He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £300 costs to reflect his income and the seriousness of the offence.

Cole, who was not present, was warned if he did drive while disqualified, he could face prison. His defence barrister asked for 21 days to pay, which magistrates laughed at but granted.

Cole's lawyer Katherine Hodson said her client was "regrettably" unable to attend the hearing as he was travelling today to Chelsea's game at Burnley.

An attempt by her to get sentencing adjourned was rejected. Her application on the driving ban was expected to be considered later.