West Bromwich Albion star Stephane Sessegnon was today banned from the road for 20 months after admitting drink driving.
The Baggies midfielder was also fined £7,605, including costs, when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving without insurance, having no driving licence and driving a vehicle registered as off the road. He was also given three points from an earlier driving offence in February.
The court heard the offence took place when Sessegnon was a Sunderland player.
He was stopped by police on the Westgate Road in Newcastle at 7.51pm on August 27 – roughly at the same time his former side went 1-0 down to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup clash at the Stadium of Light.
He was sold on transfer deadline day to the Baggies by Paolo Di Canio for a fee around £5.5 million. That made him the club’s record signing, beating the £4.9m they paid Reading for Shane Long in 2011.
At the time Di Canio said he had sold him as his heart was no longer in the club.
“It was the cup, we hadn’t won a game and everybody was at the stadium. After quarter of an hour, at the same time that we conceded a goal, my player was out somewhere and was found,” said Di Canio.
“It means you don’t care. It means you don’t care nothing about the club so your time is gone.”
The Benin international has produced three impressive performances so far for his new club and scored the opening goal on his debut in a 3-0 win against Sunderland.
He also starred in last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Manchester United – Albion’s first win at Old Trafford for 35 years.