A World Cup star was due to appear in court on Thursday (September 12) charged with motoring offences and using a false Belgian driving licence.
Premier League footballer Cheick Tiote is accused of committing fraud by using the allegedly false document to get a UK driving licence in December last year.
The Newcastle United midfielder is also charged with driving his Chevrolet - carrying the personalised plate T10 TEV - in the city in February without a licence orcar insurance .
The 27-year-old French-speaking Ivory Coast international, who lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, is also accused of making a false statement to get insurance in September 2011 by claiming he held a full driving licence without endorsements.
He was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court to enter pleas to the five charges. At a preliminary hearing his legal representatives said he would plead not guilty. October 28 has been set as a provisional date for trial.
Tough-tackling Tiote joined Newcastle for £3.5 million in 2010 from Dutch side FC Twente, having previously played for Anderlecht in Belgium. Born in the Ivory Coast he has played for his country 40 times, including their games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
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