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Dwight Yorke has been banned from driving for six months after he pleaded guilty to speeding in his convertible Corvette in April last year.

The former Manchester United striker was caught driving at 66mph in a 40mph zone in a sports car he helped promote in 2013.

The 44-year-old broke a temporary speed limit in a red convertible Corvette Stingray made by the Red Devils' shirt sponsors Chevrolet on April 13.

Yorke's indiscretion in his £60,000 car occurred on the southbound carriageway of the M42/M6 Toll near Curdworth in Warwickshire, when he was caught by an automatic speed camera.

On December 17, the former Trinidad and Tobago international pleaded guilty by post and on Thursday morning he was banned from driving for six months for totting up more than 12 points on his licence in three years. At the time of the offence he already had 10 points.

Magistrates at the Warwickshire Justice Centre, Leamington Spa told Yorke he would be sent to prison if he was caught driving during his ban.

He was also ordered to pay a £1,665 fine, reduced from £2,500 due to his early guilty plea, as well as a victim surcharge of £120 and court costs of £85.

Sentencing, chairman of the bench, Pat Cole, said: 'We have decided that you will receive six penalty points for doing 66mph in a 40mph limit, which makes you a totter.

'We have heard no argument for exceptional hardship and so you are disqualified for six months.

'If you do drive in that time you will be committing a serious offence for which you will be sent to prison.

'You will not get your driving licence back automatically and you will have to apply to the DVLA for a new licence.

'As you have not filled out a means form we have had to make an assumption in deciding your fine.'

Yorke, nodded and said 'Understood'. He was previously handed three points for speeding on July 22, 2012, four on 29 January, 2013 and a further three on June 23, 2014.

His lawyer, Paul O'Keefe, said his client had cancelled a business trip to attend court because he took the matter 'very seriously'.

He added: 'Mr Yorke was going with the flow of the traffic and the weather was dry with good visibility, so there were no aggravating factors.

'He has taken this extremely seriously and he is ashamed to be here today.

'He knows full well your powers today and he has cancelled a business trip in Singapore to be here today. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.'

Yorke appeared in a promotional video for Chevrolet at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, where an 'all new' Stingray convertible was launched.

During his four seasons at Old Trafford, Yorke scored 66 goals in 152 games for the club.

He won six titles along the way and played an integral role in their historic Treble success during the 1998-99 season.