Laudrup considers Agustien action

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup could discipline Kemy Agustien after the midfielder was banned from driving for a year.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 08:04 Post Comment

Kemy Agustien: Given driving ban

Kemy Agustien: Given driving ban

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is weighing up whether to discipline Kemy Agustien after the midfielder was banned from driving for a year.

On Wednesday, Agustien was given 33 penalty points on his licence by Neath Magistrates' Court - in addition to six he already had - giving him a total of 39, 27 more than the banning limit of 12.

While the 26-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge of speeding, he also failed to identify a driver on five occasions, four of which related to speeding and one to skipping a red light.

Agustien, who joined the Swans from AZ Alkmaar in 2010 and has a year left on his current deal, was also fined £3,135 and ordered to pay £510 costs on top of the ban.

When asked if he had decided whether to take any action against the Dutchman, Laudrup said: "Not yet. We will have to see what we will do about it, but I can't lie - I don't think it's very good.

"Nobody is perfect, but Kemy is not 19 and it's not only once or twice he has made a mistake - it's many times.

"It's a negative thing for him and the club.

"I believe players need to be role models for others.

"In life, like in football, you have to learn from your mistakes and not repeat it another time.

"I try to keep things separate, but I can't sit here and say it doesn't matter because it does."

Last year Agustien escaped with only a calf injury after he was involved in a crash in his native Holland which saw his car flip.

On the field, Welsh football is on a high after Cardiff's goalless draw against Charlton in midweek ensured they will join Swansea in the Premier League next season.

Both sets of supporters are already eagerly-anticipating next season's derby meetings between the sides, and Laudrup believes the clubs can spur each other on.

He said: "I think when you come from the same area you always want to try and do the best you can, and when you see a neighbour has done well you want to do even better.

"I think it's good to have that competition within the competition.

"It's good for them, good for us, for the Premier League."


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