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Stephane Sessegnon given driving ban

West Bromwich Albion striker Stephane Sessegnon has been banned from getting behind the wheel for 20 months for drink-driving.

The Benin international was a Sunderland player at the time of the offence in August and also pleaded guilty to charges of driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

He appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Friday, where he was given three points on his licence and ordered to pay £7,605.

The 29-year-old was more than double the drink-driving limit when he was stopped by police in Newcastle after Sunderland’s 4-2 Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons.

Sessegnon became Albion’s record buy when he joined them on the final day of the summer transfer window and has made an impressive start to his career at The Hawthorns.

He opened the scoring in the 3-0 home win over Sunderland 13 days ago -- his new club’s first Premier League victory of the season -- and was a star performer in last weekend’s 2-1 triumph at Manchester United.

He is expected to be back in training in time to be ready for the Baggies’ home game against Arsenal on Sunday.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.