A Premier League star will contest charges that he used a false Belgian driving licence, and four other motoring offences, a court heard today.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote, 27, is accused of using a false document as a form of ID "to establish personal information" about himself in December.
The Ivory Coast international is also charged with committing fraud by using the allegedly false document to get a UK licence, also in December.
In addition, he is accused of making a false statement to obtain insurance in September 2011 by allegedly claiming that he held a full driving licence without endorsements.
He is further charged with driving his Chevrolet, with the personalised plate T10 TEV, in Newcastle in February without a licence or insurance.