Leeds player fined for using mobile phone while driving in Harrogate
Last updated Jan 23, 2024
Rasmus Kristensen. Picture: Werner100359/Wiki Commons.
Rasmus Kristensen. Picture: Werner100359/Wiki Commons.

Leeds United defender Rasmus Kristensen has been fined over £1,600 and had nine points added to his licence for speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Kristensen is the second United player from Harrogate to be penalised for speeding in Harrogate this month.

The case against the Danish international was heard at Harrogate Magistrates Court this morning when Kristensen was fined £1,000 for speeding and a further £666 for using a mobile at the wheel.

Kristensen, 26, of North Park Road, had six points added to his licence for using a phone while driving and three points for the speeding offence, which occurred on the A6040 Knaresborough Road in Harrogate on February 19 last year.

He was ordered to pay £180 prosecution costs and a £666 statutory surcharge for the speeding offence.

The court had considered a driving ban but Kristensen, a right back currently on loan at Italian Serie A side Roma, was allowed to keep his licence.

Brenden Aaronson ban

On January 3, his teammate Brenden Aaronson, a USA international currently on loan at German Bundesliga club Union Berlin, received a six-month driving ban after being caught speeding on a major road in Harrogate.

The 23-year-old was caught driving at 37mph in a Mercedes-AMG on the A6040 Knaresborough Road, which has a 30mph speed limit, in March 2023.

Aaronson, of Victoria Avenue, already had 10 points on his licence and was issued with a further three points for the speeding offence, taking his total over the threshold for disqualification.

He and Kristense were previously teammates at Austrian side RB Salzburg and arrived at Leeds as new signings in the summer of 2022. Both players exercised clauses in their contracts to facilitate loan moves to European clubs last summer.

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