Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been hit with a six-month driving ban.

The Daily Mail reports Ferdinand has been handed a six month driving ban after he was caught speeding three times in five weeks on the same road.

The former England captain was snapped in his Jaguar XJ speeding through a 30mph zone as he drove to and from training.

The 33-year-old tried to beat a ban by pleading he needed his licence to take his two sons to school.

But the argument was rejected by Trafford magistrates in Greater Manchester and he was hit with a six-month ban.