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Cricket

Week gets worse for Shane Warne with speeding fine
Agencies
London, January 08, 2013
First Published: 23:56 IST(8/1/2013)
Last Updated: 00:09 IST(9/1/2013)

Fresh from his ban for an ugly spat with Marlon Samuels during an Australian Twenty20 match, cricket great Shane Warne found himself in trouble on the other side of the world Tuesday with a speeding fine.

Warne, 43, was fined £500 ($803) after admitting driving at more than 100mph on a south of Scotland motorway where the maximum speed is 70mph.

He escaped a driving ban, but had five penalty points put on his licence at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court south of Glasgow.

Warne was represented by lawyer Graham Walker, who entered a plea of guilty on behalf of the leg-spinner, widely regarded as one of cricket's greatest players of all-time.

In remarks quoted by the BBC, Walker described the incident on the A74(M) motorway north of Gretna in September as an "error of judgement".

The prosecutor told the court Warne, driving on an Australian licence at the time of the offence, had been caught travelling at 103mph.

Walker added: "Warne is a man who had no previous convictions and no points on his driving licence and travels thousands of miles a year."

Apology for spat
Warne also apologised for the foul-mouthed confrontation on Tuesday. He admitted he had gone too far in his on-field row but defended his right to show "emotion and passion".

"I'm very passionate when I play the game. I overstepped the line and hence I'm missing a game," Warne said.

On Monday he was banned for one match and fined Aus$4,500 (US$4,700) for the clash.


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