New­cas­tle ace Tiote to deny li­cence fraud

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NEW­CAS­TLE United mid­fielder Che­ick Tiote has ap­peared in court on five charges in­clud­ing us­ing a false iden­tity doc­u­ment and fraud.

The Ivory Coast star is ac­cused of us­ing a fake Bel­gian driv­ing li­cence in a bid to ob­tain a UK li­cence.

The 27-year-old ( above), of Jes­mond, was not asked to en­ter a plea dur­ing the hear­ing at New­cas­tle Crown Court.

Tiote’s car, a £75K Chevro­let Ca­maro with the num­ber plate T10 TEV, was seized by cops at the time of his ar­rest in Fe­bru­ary.

No de­tails of the al­le­ga­tions were given in court but his de­fence said: “He did not know or be­lieve the Bel­gian driv­ing li­cence was false”, and added that the charges will be de­nied.

Tiote will be back in court for a plea and di­rec­tions hear­ing on Septem­ber 6 and has been granted bail in the mean­time.

Judge James Goss QC or­dered a French speak­ing in­ter­preter to be avail­able for the trial, which has been listed for the week of Oc­to­ber 28.

GREEKS smoke on aver­age 3,000 cig­a­rettes a year each.

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