Anton Ferdinand Faces Arrest After Failing to Attend Court for Conviction for Driving Whilst Using Mobile Phone

Stadium of Light centre back may want to pretend he thought that today is Monday.

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Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand faces being arrested and held in custody after failing to turn up for a court appearance.

The Black Cats centre-back was due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Monday after being convicted of driving while using a mobile phone but he never arrived and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Ferdinand, brother of England captain Rio, is facing a driving ban due to the fact that he already had nine points on his licence when he was caught using the handset behind the wheel.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police confirmed the warrant without bail had been issued for the £6million defender’s arrest.

This means that when he is traced by officers he can be held in court cells before being produced to face magistrates.

The force spokesman said: “There has been no arrest at this stage. A warrant has been issued and we are aware.”

The offence in question occurred on the morning of 13th July when Ferdinand was seen in his white Range Rover on Newcastle’s central motorway.

He was travelling from his home at Baltic Quays in Gateshead to Newcastle International Airport, where he needed to catch a flight ahead of a pre-season friendly. (Sky Sports)

This may not have been the smartest move by the Black Cats defender. What may have just been a trivial slap on the wrist could become a whole lot worse. Rio’s brother would be best off pleading ignorance and maybe setting the date on all his household appliances, mobile and phone so that he can claim he thought it was Monday today. In fact he could just casually travel to the court and pretend he thought that his case was today, who knows, it may just work?

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