England footballer John Terry's car was bugged by paparazzi, it has been claimed.
The allegation emerged as magistrates disqualified the Chelsea star from driving for 28 days and fined him £750 after he admitted a speeding offence.
Terry, who was not present at Staines Magistrates' Court in Surrey, was defended by Nick Freeman, known as "Mr Loophole".
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Freeman said his client had been caught by a speed camera doing 77mph in a 50mph zone along the A3 near Hook, Surrey, on December 29 last year.
But he said Terry had only accelerated because he was being pursued by two photographers on motorbikes and he was concerned for the safety of his twin son and daughter, who were in the back of his Range Rover.
Mr Freeman said he told magistrates: "He was the number one target for paparazzi.
"He accepts he is a target and they have a job to do, but because of the level of attention he had been receiving for several months, he made a complaint to police.
"Police swept his vehicle and found an electronic device that would have assisted whoever planted it there in knowing his whereabouts."
He said the matter was still being investigated by officers.
Mr Freeman said Terry could not attend the hearing as he is currently on holiday with his wife Toni Poole. A court official confirmed the case was heard in his absence and said the guilty plea had been entered on June 1.