Ex-Town star to fight speeding charge

FORMER Ipswich Town star Hermann Hreidarsson is due to stand trial after being accused of driving at nearly 110mph.

FORMER Ipswich Town star Hermann Hreidarsson is due to stand trial after being accused of driving at nearly 110mph.

A firm favourite with Blues' fans during his time at Portman Road, Hreidarsson is accused of breaking the 70mph speed limit on the dual carriageway on the A35 Puddletown bypass in Dorset.

Hreidarsson denies the charge.

The prosecution said he was allegedly caught speeding at 109mph.

The offence is said to have taken place on October 3, the same day as his team Portsmouth beat Wolves 1-0 at Molineux.

Hreidarsson's case came before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, but the 35-year-old Icelandic international did not attend. However, he was represented by a solicitor and a not guilty plea was entered.

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Hreidarsson, of Poole, was allegedly caught by manned equipment. He faces up to six points on his licence and a potential ban if it is proved that he was driving at nearly 40mph above the speed limit.

A date for Hriedarsson's trial has been set for July 2.

The defender, who has won 53 international caps, was signed by George Burley in August 2000 after Ipswich were promoted to the Premier League through the previous season's play-offs.

At the time he was Town's record signing with the club paying �4million for him from Wimbledon. Hreidarsson spent almost three seasons with the Blues, making more than 120 appearances and scoring three goals.