FORMER Liverpool legend John Barnes escaped a driving ban after claiming he was too poor to hire a chauffeur.
The Liverpool favourite, who can earn between £3,000 and £4,000 a week, said employing a driver was not feasible as his wage, workload and travelling requirements varied drastically.
The former footballer was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £35 costs within 56 days.
John Barnes was without a doubt a Liverpool legend (a team I support). But I have to say that this case has infuriated me. It was well documented that in 1985 John Barnes was on a contract with Liverpool football club for around £10,0000 (ten thousand pounds) a week, I cannot remember how many years the contract was for but a British record at the time I think.
This is a case of them and us. I have no doubt that if it was me or any other member of the public, then we would have expected to receive a ban and a hefty fine.
All these modern day stars and celebrities have to drive, but as they live a standard of life most of us can only dream of they should set an example in behaviour that our impressionable youngsters can take an example from. The self serving modern day society is an indictment of what we have become and seems to be the expected norm along with the two tier justice system. This is a real shame.
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