Jesse Lingard, a former midfielder for Manchester United, was given a driving banned after he failed to identify the driver of his car when it was caught over speeding.
The England international, whose contract with Nottingham Forest expired in June, entered a guilty plea in Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
When Lingard had relocated to rented housing in Nottingham, his attorney Frank Rogers claimed the letter requesting the driver’s information had been sent to the player’s Greater Manchester home.
He said: “Mr Lingard has accepted that the system in place at that time just was not good enough to protect him and deal with processing his mail.
“So when the speeding offence was committed in August last year in Stretford, Mr Lingard was in Nottingham. He was not the driver.”
Mr Rogers said that Lingard, who made no comment as he left court, was now “in discussion” with several clubs about his future playing career.
District Judge Jane Hamilton told the player he was liable to be disqualified under the “totting-up” process, because he had points on his licence following two previous speeding offences.
As well as the £900 fine, the judge ordered the player to pay a further £560 in costs.The midfielder moved to Nottingham Forest in 2022 after more than 20 years at Manchester United.