Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan banned from driving


Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan was banned from driving for 18 months today after admitting four offences - including driving with excess alcohol - following a motorway crash last month.

The 21-year-old Scotland international, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was also fined £4,500 at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Bannan crashed his Range Rover Sport on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near Watnall, at around 5.30am on October 23.

He was charged with drink driving, failing to stop after a road accident, driving without due care and attention and driving on a provisional licence.

The court heard that the footballer was almost twice the legal limit.