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Newcastle Utd footballer banned from driving

Premier League footballer Hatem Ben Arfa has been banned from driving after he twice failed to pass on information about someone caught speeding in his car.

The Newcastle United player appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans to plead guilty to both offences.

The court heard that, on November 5 and November 20 last year, a car owned by the French international was caught speeding in Gosforth, Newcastle.

Newcastle United player Hatem Ben Arfa outside South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court. Credit: PA Wire

As a result he was notified by police but the magistrates were told that he failed to respond at all to one of the incidents and waited two months before responding to the other allegation.

Sentencing Ben Arfa to a six-month driving ban, 12 points on his licence and a total fine of £2,680, chairman of the bench Margaret Sewell said if he was to break the ban he could face imprisonment.

Footballer Taylor 'sorry' for tweet to black team-mates

A Premier League footballer has apologised for any offence caused by a tweet to black team-mates that said "it's always good to see you guys smiling".

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor's message included a picture of four black men, one of whom appeared to be an African tribesman, and was sent to several black players.

Steven Taylor tweeted a photo of four black men to four black team-mates. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

It was reported that the tweet, which has now been deleted, was in response to team-mate Massadio Haidara teasing Taylor about his attempts to learn French.

Taylor included the Twitter accounts of fellow Newcastle players Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita in his reply to Haidara.

The message was met with fury on Twitter by football fans, despite Haidara's insistence that it was just banter, prompting Taylor to tweet: "Apologies if my tweet offended anybody."

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Newcastle United player avoids jail over fake licence

A Premier League footballer has avoided jail after he admitted possessing a fake driving licence.

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote was handed a seven-month suspended sentence after he admitted buying a fake Belgian licence for 15,000 euros (£12,800) before trying to swap the forgery for a full UK licence.

Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote earlier admitted possessing a fake driving licence. Credit: PA Wire

Suspending the imprisonment for 18 months, Judge James Goss QC told Tiote that he would have to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

The Judge said the footballer's guilty plea had saved him from an immediate prison sentence.

Footballer admits fake driving licence charge

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote Credit: Steve Drew/PA Wire

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been convicted of possessing a forged driving licence.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court earlier today, the 27-year-old admitted having a fake Belgian licence after an incident in December.

The Ivory Coast international, who captained Newcastle against Sunderland yesterday, is due to be sentenced this afternoon.

Football fan who punched horse admits violent disorder

A football fan who punched a horse after his team lost to their arch-rivals has admitted violent disorder.

Barry Rogerson punched a horse after Newcastle lost to Sunderland in April. Credit: ITV News

Barry Rogerson, 45, was charged after trouble started when Newcastle United lost 3-0 at home to Sunderland in April.

He appeared in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court today with five others who also admitted violent disorder.

Rogerson, of Bedlington, Northumberland, previously denied the offence.

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Shearer: Why is Paralympian tying knot on a match day?

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has wished Paralympian Stephen Miller well ahead of his wedding tomorrow, but joked, "What's he doing getting married on the day of a Newcastle home game?"

Alan Shearer speaks to ITV News Tyne Tees.
Alan Shearer speaks to ITV News Tyne Tees. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Paralympian has been working on his strength and is determined to walk down the aisle and lead his bride, Rachel Toland, in their first dance as man and wife.

For more on Alan Shearer's interview with ITV News Tyne Tees, click here

Cisse scores on first appearance after Wonga row

Papiss Cisse pictured playing in Wonga-branded kit. Credit: PA

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has scored in first appearance for the club after reversing a decision not to wear the team's Wonga sponsorship.

The Senegalese player had objected on moral and religious grounds to displaying the payday lender's logo on his playing kit.

Cisse's goal came in a pre-season friendly against Scottish side St Mirren.

Premier League star to contest motoring charges

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Premier League star will contest charges that he used a false Belgian driving licence, and four other motoring offences, a court heard today.

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote, 27, is accused of using a false document as a form of ID "to establish personal information" about himself in December.

The Ivory Coast international is also charged with committing fraud by using the allegedly false document to get a UK licence, also in December.

In addition, he is accused of making a false statement to obtain insurance in September 2011 by allegedly claiming that he held a full driving licence without endorsements.

He is further charged with driving his Chevrolet, with the personalised plate T10 TEV, in Newcastle in February without a licence or insurance.

Newcastle's Tiote in court charged with five offences

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote talks on the phone as he leaves Newcastle Magistrates' Court Credit: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

The Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has appeared in court charged with using a false Belgian driving licence and four other offences.

The Ivory Coast star, who turned 27 today, is accused of using the allegedly false document as a form of ID "to establish personal information" about himself in December.

Among the other charges he faces is committing fraud by using the allegedly false document to get a UK licence and driving his car without a licence or insurance.

No pleas were entered.

Mr Tiote was granted unconditional bail and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court in July.

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