Swansea City star Kemy Agustien could face club action over driving offences
STAR midfielder Kemy Agustien may face disciplinary action from Swansea City following his convic- tion for driving offences.
Swans boss Michael Laudrup said professional footballers need to be role models for youngsters when he was asked about the Dutch player's 12- month road ban.
Agustien appeared in court on Wednesday to plead guilty to a speeding offence and to be sentenced for a string of other driving offences which were proved in his absence at an earlier hearing.
In total Agustien has amassed 39 penalty points and was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay more than £3,600 in fines and costs.
When asked about the case, Swans manager Laudrup said: "It's a negative story. I can't argue about that. I can't lie - I don't think it's very good.
"Kemy's not 19. He's not a boy who has made a mistake. In this case he has made different mistakes.
"In life like in football you have to learn from your mistakes and hope it will not be repeated, but it's not very positive."
When Agustien was handed his sentence at Neath Magistrates Court, Magistrate Julie Mallinson said: "Children will be looking up to you and you do need to be setting an example."
Laudrup agreed that professional players do need to be role models for fans and the club could take some action against him.
He said: "He has not been disciplined yet (by the club). We will have to see what we will do about it but I believe that professional players up to a certain point need to be role models for others.
"We all make mistakes – nobody's perfect. But in this case it's not only once or twice he has made a mistake, it's more than that.
"It's bad for him. It's a negative thing for him and for the club as well."
Laudrup was also asked if Agustien's court conviction will have a bearing on his place in the Swans team.
He said: "First of all he needs to call somebody to pick him up every day or buy a bike.
"On a more serious note, I try to keep things separated, but I can't sit here and say it doesn't matter because it does."
Yesterday Agustien himself suggested the story should not have been used on the front page of the Evening Post.
He tweeted: ''So it's so important that I'm banned from driving to hit the front page of the Evening Post while there are people suffering from bomb attacks."