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.
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