A footballer accused of sex offences is due to stand trial next year.
Sunderland winger Jack Diamond is alleged to have raped a woman on Wearside in 2022.
The 23-year-old is also accused of sexually assaulting the same woman.
Diamond, of Falstone, Fatfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear, pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault allegation during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday 2 June.
He was not asked to enter a plea to the rape charge.
A trial date has been set for 2 January 2024 and Diamond has been granted conditional bail in the meantime.
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