SUNDERLAND AFC star Titus Bramble has admitted speeding on a motorway.
The 29-year-old defender, from Durham, pleaded guilty to twice breaking a temporary 50mph speed restriction between junctions 26 and 27 on the M6 motorway, when he appeared before magistrates in St Helens.
The player was clocked travelling 57mph in his BMW on January 27, last year, and 61mph the following day.
However, Bramble, who joined SAFC from Wigan Athletic for a reported £1million last July, was allowed to have other convictions against him set aside and the case reopened.
He was convicted in his absence last autumn of two other speeding charges and on four counts of failing to provide Merseyside Police with the identity of a driver at the wheel of his car, regarding alleged motoring offences.
A warrant was issued after Bramble failed to attend court for sentencing in October.
Magistrates were told a letter had been sent to the court before the conviction, indicating that the Suffolk-born footballer intended to deny certain offences.
They subsequently accepted the defence’s request to reopen the case.
The case was adjourned and Bramble – who has also played for Ipswich Town, Colchester United and Newcastle United, who paid £6million for him in 2002 – was granted unconditional bail.
He will stand trial before magistrates in St Helens in May over the six denied charges, and be sentenced for the others after that case has concluded.
Bramble, who has represented England at under-21 level, has been a stand-in captain for the Black Cats this season, and has also skippered Wigan, where he won Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.
SAFC declined to comment.