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Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been given an seven month suspended sentence after admitting driving with a forged Belgian licence.
Gregg Easteal reports.
While Tiote was waiting in court for his case to be heard, Newcastle United's official Twitter account was inviting fans to submit their questions to him.
Telling fans to use the askTiote hashtag, they said the best questions would be put to him this afternoon.
The stream was quickly hijacked by Sunderland supporters asking him about losing the Tyne-Wear derby the day before.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has escaped jail this afternoon after admitting driving with a forged Belgian licence which he had bought from a stranger near Brussels airport for €15,000.
The 27-year-old was given an seven month prison sentence for the offence but a judge told him it would be suspended keeping him out of prison unless he breaks the law again.
Stand-in Newcastle United captain Cheick Tiote has been convicted of possessing a forged driving licence.
The midfielder - who wore the armband against Sunderland, today admitted having a fake Belgian licence.
The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international, who appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, pleaded guilty to the charge that related to December 17 last year.
Wearing a dark blazer and white shirt, the tough-tackling midfielder was aided by a translator throughout the hearing. Sentencing will follow.