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Jermaine Jenas accused of using the phone while driving and could be banned if found guilty

Former Premier League player Jermaine Jenas is being prosecuted for allegedly using his mobile phone while driving.

The incident allegedly happened while Jenas was driving a black Range Rover in London on October 14 last year. The 39-year-old’s case is due to be heard behind closed doors at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday and he could face a driving ban and a fine if found guilty.

The One Show host is being prosecuted as part of the unique justice process. He allegedly drove the vehicle to Marsh Lane, Stanmore “while at the time using an interactive communication device, namely a handheld mobile device”, according to court documents.

Jenas is best known for representing Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and QPR during his professional career, making 280 Premier League appearances. He also won 21 senior caps for England, scoring once against Switzerland in February 2008.

The former midfielder won the League Cup with Tottenham in 2008 and was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2003. His career effectively ended in April 2014 – aged 31 – after suffering a serious knee injury in training. He never played professional football again.

Jenas became a football pundit and presenter after his career ended. He has been named permanent host of The One Show in 2021. He recently led the draw for this year’s World Cup and has been tipped to replace Gary Lineker as host of the match of the day.

Jermaine Jenas currently hosts The One Show on BBC One

Jenas could be banned from driving and fined £1,000 for the offense if found guilty. Other penalties include six penalty points and a £200 fine, or three penalty points for those who “do not have a full view of the road and traffic before properly controlling the vehicle”.

The UK government’s website reads: “It is illegal to hold and use any telephone, sat nav, tablet or any other device capable of sending or receiving data, whilst driving or while riding a motorcycle. This means that you must not use a device in your hand for any purpose, online or offline.

“For example, you must not send text messages, make calls, take photos or videos, or browse the web. The law still applies if you are stopped at traffic lights, waiting in traffic, supervise a learner driver, drive a car that shuts off the engine when you stop moving, and hold and operate a device that is offline or in airplane mode.”

Those who use their phone in an emergency or for contactless payment are exempt. The law also does not apply to those who are parked or who use a device to park their vehicle remotely.

Several former athletes have moved on to presenting after retiring from competition. Peter Crouch, Andrew Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp, Ian Wright, Dion Dublin, Alex Scott and Sports mirror columnist Sam Quek is among those who ran a TV show.

“I absolutely loved being a part of The One Show, Alex, the crew and the viewers made me feel welcome and we had a lot of fun already,” Jenas said after landing The One Show gig. “I’m really looking forward to joining as a full-time host.”