Footballing legend David Beckham is facing a serious speeding charge after being accused of driving his Bentley at nearly 20 mph over the speed limit.
The former premiership player and England Captain allegedly drove at just under 60mph on a stretch of the A40 in Paddington, west London.
The 43-year-old multi-millionaire is charged with exceeding a 40mph speed limit in contravention of a local traffic order.
Beckham, of Holland Park, entered a plea of not guilty on 17th August and is therefore now due to go on trial.
His hearing is set to be an ‘administrative’ one which is known as a ‘Single Justice Procedure’ (SJP).
This means that the hearing will be held behind closed doors alongside several other similar cases where a magistrate and legal adviser are present.
The alleged offence happened at around 1730 hours on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 on a road where, owing to typical traffic conditions, you are lucky to be doing more than 10mph at the best of times!
At the time of the alleged offence, Beckham is reported to have been driving his £160,000 Bentley Bentayga which has a top speed of around 187 mph and manages to only cover about 21 mpg.
Beckham played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016.
He is also the first English player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France.
He retired in May 2013 after a 20-year career, during which he won 19 major trophies.