Driv­ing ban let-off for ex-foot­baller af­ter court plea

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

THE for­mer as­sis­tant man­ager of Mac­cles­field Town FC has been al­lowed to keep his driv­ing li­cence af­ter he was caught speed­ing twice.

Efe Sodje, 43, was caught driv­ing above the limit on the A538 Manch­ester Road on March 10.

How­ever, the for­mer de­fender who played for the Silk­men and his na­tive Nige­ria, was caught again speed­ing in an Audi on the M1 in Bed­ford­shire on April 23.

At Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court, Sodje, of Bel­mont Road, Chea­dle, ad­mit­ted both speed- ing of­fences. He was fined £70 and was given six points on his li­cence.

How­ever, the points trig­gered an au­to­matic ban un­der the tot­ting rules.

Sodje suc­cess­fully avoided the ban, claim­ing it would cause ex­cep­tional hard­ship.

The 6ft 4in player started his ca­reer at Steve­nage be­fore mak­ing the move to Mac­cles­field, where he played 83 times.

He later re­turned to the club as as­sis­tant man­ager to John Askey.

Sodje de­clined to com­ment when con­tacted by the Ex­press.

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