Huddersfield Town striker Grant Holt has admitted driving without insurance.
But the player on loan to the John Smith’s Stadium club has escaped a driving ban after a court heard of a technical mix-up with the insurance company.
Holt, 33, of Carlisle, appeared before magistrates in the town and admitted the offence.
The court that he had exchanged his Aston Martin for an Audi A7 but a mix-up meant the new insurance policy was continued for the Aston rather than his new car.
He was stopped by police in July and a check on the police computer showed no record of any insurance.
Holt told the court that he had used a specialist company, Oldham-based Optima Cars, to find a suitable car and sort the financial arrangements as well as insuring the vehicle for him.
However, a mistake was made, either at Optima Cars or at the insurance brokers, and the policy for the Aston Martin was renewed instead of a new one issued for the Audi.
District Judge Gerald Chalk said that it was up to the defendant to make sure that he was properly insured to drive the vehicle.
The judge gave Holt an absolute discharge and ordered him to pay £85 in court costs.