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Loic Remy faces no further action over rape claims

Loic Remy has scored 11 goals in 21 league appearances for Newcastle this season. Credit: PA

Footballer Loic Remy will face no further action after he was arrested over rape claims.

The 27-year-old Newcastle striker was held in May last year along with two other men after a woman claimed she had been attacked in Fulham, west London.

Yesterday the three were told that they will face no further action over the allegations.

At the time of Remy's arrest, his lawyers Harbottle and Lewis said the French international denied the claim.

Scotland Yard did not name the former QPR star, but said: "On February 13, and following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, the three men were informed that no further action would be taken against them."

Joe Kinnear resigns from Newcastle United

Newcastle's director of football Joe Kinnear has resigned from his post.

Joe Kinnear has resigned from his post at the club. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The former Magpies manager has stepped down just days after the club sold midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain and failed to replace him before Friday's transfer deadline.

A club statement said: "Newcastle United can confirm that Joe Kinnear has this evening resigned from his position as Director of Football with immediate effect.

"The club will be making no further comment."


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."

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.

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. 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.

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.

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