If you drove past the same speed camera every day on your way to work, you might be inclined to observe the limit as you passed by.

But this principle didn't apply to Manchester United football star Rio Ferdinand – and he was photographed THREE times driving past the same camera to and from training.

The 33-year-old defender and former England captain has now been banned from driving for six months.

His most recent offence involved him traveling at 38mph in the 30mph zone. And it proved to be the footballer's last chance – he had been caught twice before on the same road the previous month.

Ferdinand's lawyer Nick Freeman failed to reduce the penalty, arguing first that the former England captain hadn't received notice of his two earlier offences.

The notifications were sent to Jaguar UK - the registered keeper of the car he was driving - and, Freeman told Trafford magistrates, were not passed on to Ferdinand at the time of his third offence in February.

Ferdinand isn't the first footballer to have been in trouble for driving misdemeanours this month - former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira and Newcastle United's Demba Ba also received six month bans for speeding offences recently.