Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote in court over false documents charge

Cheick Tiote could be in trouble. Photo: PA

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote appeared in court Friday charged with using a false identity document and four other offences.

The 27-year-old appeared briefly at Newcastle Magistrates' Court and his case was sent to the city's crown court to be heard on July 5.

He was charged with

:: fraud by false representation in that in December he had a genuine Belgian driving licence, to get a UK licence.

:: possessing an ID document "that was false and that you knew or believed was false, namely a Belgian driving licence with the intention of using the document to establish personal information about you".

:: making a false statement to obtain insurance in September 2011.

:: driving a Chevrolet, with the personalised T10 TEV plate, without a licence in February.

:: driving the Chevrolet without third party insurance on the same date.

Magistrates were told the false identity document charge could only be dealt with at the crown court and that the other charges were linked.

The player was granted unconditional bail.