David Beckham faces speeding charge trial

Former England footballer is due to go on trial over an alleged speeding offence. Picture: Getty Images
Former England footballer is due to go on trial over an alleged speeding offence. Picture: Getty Images
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David Beckham is due to go on trial over an alleged speeding offence.

The former England footballer, of Holland Park in west London, is accused of driving a Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone on the A40 in Paddington on January 23, shortly after 5.30pm.

Although his case appears on Tuesday’s list to be heard at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in Battersea, south-west London, the hearing will be an administrative one known as a single justice procedure (SJP), held behind closed doors alongside several similar cases with only a magistrate and a legal adviser present, a court official confirmed.

His next court date is for a case management hearing before magistrates in Wimbledon on September 4.

The 43-year-old former England captain is charged with exceeding a 40mph speed limit in contravention of a local traffic order.

A not guilty plea was entered on August 17, according to the court list.

Beckham made his name as a midfielder at Manchester United in the 1990s before going on to play for Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

He also earned 115 caps for the national side.

Beckham retired from playing in 2013.