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.
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.