FORMER Sunderland star Kieran Richardson has been fined after being caught speeding.
Richardson’s Mercedes was clocked on a speed camera going 36mph on the 30mph Western Terrace in East Boldon.
The 27-year-old, who was sold to Fulham in the summer, was sent a letter giving him the chance to accept a £60 fixed penalty notice and have three points added to his licence, but due to a mix-up with post, it was not accepted.
Richardson’s father Clive was at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on his behalf yesterday to represent the one-time England player.
He told the court that he had tried to send a cheque to Northumbria Police to accept the punishment but was told it never arrived.
Richardson was subsequently charged with speeding and summonsed to the court.
Magistrates decided to hear the case in his absence.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said the offence happened at 9.40am on February 24 - while the utility player was still a Black Cat.
She added: “A speed camera on Western Terrace captured a Mercedes going past at 36mph.
“A search of the national drivers’ database revealed the owner of the car was Kieran Richardson and he was sent a letter with the chance to accept a fixed penalty notice and three points.
“Police say a response to that was not received and he was summonsed to court.”
Magistrates decided that Richardson should be given the benefit of the doubt and he was fined £60 and given three points.
The court heard he already had six points on his licence and he was given 14 days to make the payment.
Richardson, who left Sunderland for Fulham for an undisclosed fee last month, moved to the Stadium of Light in 2007.
The former Manchester United player made 149 appearances for the Wearside club, scoring 15 goals - including a free kick against arch-rivals Newcastle United in October 2008 in a 2-1 win for the Black Cats.