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Ban it like Beckham: Phone costs soccer star right to drive

May 9, 2019
Football star David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court for a hearing after he was spotted using his mobile phone while driving his Bentley, in London, Thursday, May 9, 2019. The magistrate has the power to impose six penalty points and a £200 fine for the charge of using a mobile while driving. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months for using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of his Bentley.

A prosecutor said a member of the public spotted the former Manchester United and England soccer star holding a phone while driving through central London on Nov. 21.

Beckham’s lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, said his client had “no recollection” of the incident but pleaded guilty.

Beckham already had six penalty points on his drivers’ license for speeding offenses. The six more District Judge Catherine Moore gave him Thursday for the cellphone put him at the 12 points needed to lose driving privileges.

Beckham attended the hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court wearing a dark grey suit and tie. He spoke to give his name, date of birth and address.