ALBION defender Gaetan Bong will be banned from driving after magistrates discovered he was speeding without a licence.

The Brighton and Hove Albion defender, 30, was clocked breaking the 70mph speed limit in his Land Rover on December 29 last year.

After failing to appear in court at Crawley, magistrates discovered the Cameroon international does not hold a valid UK licence.

The player did not respond to letters from Sussex Police and he was due to attend court yesterday.

The case against him was found to be proved and a new date was set for him to return to court to be disqualified.

Crawley Magistrates Court heard Bong already had enough penalty points to put him over the limit for losing his driving licence.

When his driving record was checked, the court heard he did not have a licence.

The Seagulls defender was convicted of two speeding offences in 2016.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £525 in March 2016 after the second offence, bringing his total to six penalty points.

The latest offence of failing to notify the police who was driving his car carries another six, meaning he will be banned from driving.

He was clocked on a police radar breaking the 70mph limit on the A27 at Shoreham.

The defender gave the DVLA his address as the Albion training ground at Lancing. He failed to respond to letters from police.

Magistrate Eric Trevett ordered the defender to return to court on October 2 to be disqualified from driving.

The court was also asked to add £85 court costs when Bong returns to court.

Bong has previously been at the centre of controversy after Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku attempted to kick him in the penalty area at Old Trafford last season.

Then in January, alleged racist comments made to Mr Bong by West Bromwich Albion player Jay Rodriguez were formally investigated by the Football Association.

The FA later found the charges against Rodriguez were not prove, despite Bong saying he was 100 per cent certain about what was said.

Rodriguez claimed to have been “exonerated” but the FA said it was “completely satisfied” that Bong had made the allegation “in good faith”, with “no suggestion” that it was “malicious or fabricated”.

Despite an injury-hit career, he signed a contract extension for the Seagull’s first year in the Premier League, which has now been extended until the end of the current season.