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Premier League footballer pleads guilty to holding fake driving licence – 28 October 2013

Cheik Tiote has been given a suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to possessing a fake driving licence.

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote admitted buying a fake Belgian licence for 15,000 euros (£12,800).

Tony Hawks, prosecuting, said Tiote tried to use the fake document to apply for a UK driving licence from the DVLA.

At Newcastle Crown Court, he was handed a seven-month sentence suspended for 18 months and 180 hours of unpaid work.

Judge James Goss QC told the Ivory Coast international that his guilty plea had “saved him from an immediate prison sentence”.