Cheick Tiote has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with using a false Belgian driving licence.
Newcastle United player Cheick Tiote has appeared in court to face fraud charges.
The Premier League footballer has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with using a false Belgian driving licence.
The 27-year-old is also facing charges of making a false statement to obtain car insurance and of fraud, for claiming he was in possession of a genuine Belgian licence.
Standing in the dock and speaking through a French interpreter, the midfielder pleaded not guilty to the three charges.
Wearing a blue jacket and dark trousers, the footballer was told his case would now go to trial next month.
Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote moved to Belgian club Anderlecht in 2005 before signing for Newcastle United in 2010.
Tiote, who was granted unconditional bail, lives in the leafy suburb of Jesmond, Newcastle
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