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Footballer drove at 70mph in city street

A MAGISTRATE yesterday banned Chelsea starlet Islam Feruz for 18 months and told him his driving was "dangerous and outrageous".

At Glasgow District Court Feruz, 18, was convicted of driving a black BMW 3 series at speeds of up to 70mph between George Square and Wishart Street, Glasgow, on December 30, 2012.

Striker Feruz, who has also played for Scotland and Celtic, was also found guilty of driving with no insurance and not displaying L plates.

Magistrate Alan Findlay fined Ferez £500 and ordered him to pay within 28 days and told him: "What concerns me is the distance of this incident. An experienced police officer described your driving as 'outrageous'. I agree it was outrageous and dangerous."

PC Douglas McMillan said that Feruz's driving was the worst he had ever seen. He told the court how he and a colleague in an unmarked police car followed Feruz as he drove at up to 70mph through the streets of Glasgow's east end at 5am with five passengers on board.

In evidence Feruz, who described himself as a Chelsea player, admitted he was a learner driver at the time and had no insurance. He has since passed his test.

He said he was back in Glasgow visiting friends. They had been in the ­Sugarcube nightclub on Queen Street and had been driving back to a flat in Wishart Street.

He denied driving at up to 70mph, saying: "The maximum was 55 to 60 mph."

Feruz also denied going on to the wrong side of the road.

Feruz was convicted of dangerous driving, having no insurance and failing to display L plates and ordered to resit his driving test.

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