Premier League star to contest motoring charges

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.