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There has been more unwelcome headlines for Newcastle United after its midfielder Cheick Tiote appeared in court today charged with fraud and a string of other driving related offences.
The club paid millions for the Ivory Coast international's services, but he could potentially face prison if he's found guilty.
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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.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has appeared in court charged with fraud and a string of other driving related offences.
The 27-year-old is accused of falsely claiming he had a geniune Belgian driving licence in order to get a UK licence.
He has also been charged with possessing a fake Belgian licence, making a false statement to obtain insurance and driving without a licence and insurance.
Magistrates have transferred the case to the Crown Court, where he is now due to appear early next month.
The player was granted unconditional bail.