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Tiote in court over fake driving licence

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has escaped jail after admitting driving with a forged Belgian licence which he had bought from a stranger near Brussels airport.

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Tiote had fake driving licence

Cheick Tiote celebrates a goal in the Wear-Tyne Derby Credit: PA

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.

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