Keegan banned for speeding with "head in turmoil"


June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 5, 2009 at 2:11 PM EDT

Kevin Keegan was Thursday banned from driving for six months after telling a court he had been in "turmoil" over his future as Newcastle manager when he was caught speeding last August.

The former England manager reached the legal maximum of 12 penalty points on his licence when he was clocked travelling at 36mph (57.6kph) in a 30mph (48kph) zone on August 27, 2008.

That was the week before the 57-year-old left Newcastle in acrimonious circumstances and the court heard that "his head was in turmoil" after a stressful meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.

Magistrates have the power to waive a ban for motorists who reach 12 points if it would cause exceptional hardship but Keegan, in a written submission, accepted he could not make such a case. As well as his ban, Keegan was fined 750 pounds.

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