Three-cap England international Jack Rodwell appeared in court on Friday morning in a bid to overturn his conviction and disqualification from driving.
The 27-year-old was banned from getting behind the wheel for six months earlier this month after failing to provide information on the identification of the driver of a Mercedes who is alleged to have committed an offence.
Rodwell, who recently joined Blackburn Rovers, did not appear in court and was convicted in his absence and given six penalty points for the offence, which led to a mandatory six-month driving ban, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The offence that Rodwell was convicted of relates to the driver of a Mercedes on June 8 this year at Winsford, Cheshire.
Rodwell, who now plays for Championship side Blackburn Rovers, appeared before the court to explain he had moved house recently and had not received the summons about the offence.
Rodwell, who began his career at Everton and has represented England at various age levels, was represented in court by barrister Chris Evans.
Mr Evans said: “He was unaware of the hearing.
“He did not receive the notification and only found out about his conviction and disqualification on September 15.”
Rodwell made a statutory declaration before magistrates saying that he was unaware of the proceedings at the time of his conviction.
The bench accepted this and the conviction was overturned.
The charge of failing to give information about who was driving the Mercedes was then put to Rodwell. He pleaded not guilty. No details about the incident were given in court.
Rodwell will have the points rescinded and have his licence returned in the interim as his case progresses.
He was fined £660 at the earlier September 3 court appearance, and ordered to pay £100 court costs and £66 victim surcharge.
The case was adjourned until November 7 for a hearing at North Cheshire Magistrates in Warrington.
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