Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielder’s 75k car
17:45 GMT, 13 February 2013
18:03 GMT, 13 February 2013
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote will play in his side’s return to the Europa League on Thursday night despite his arrest on driving offences near the club training ground.
The Ivory Coast international, who returned from Africa Cup of Nations duties last week, was left by the side of the road by police officers after his 75,000 Chevy Camaro was taken away on a recovery truck as he was driving home from training.
The 60,000-a-week midfielder, who has had previous offences for driving without insurance and had a BMW seized by cops two years ago, could face penalty points or a ban for his latest brush with the law.
It's me that needs the lift: Cheick Tiote, with Jonas Gutierrez (left) and Papiss Cisse (right), trained on Wednesday, the day after he was arrested and his car was seized by Northumbria Police
Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle
Tiote was stopped by Northumbria Police officers near Newcastle's Benton ground after training on Tuesday afternoon.
He was arrested on suspicion of fraud
relating to alleged driving offences. The black and white Chevy Camaro
was taken away on the back of a recovery lorry while Tiote watched.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said:
'At around 1.30pm on Tuesday, a car was stopped on Benton Park Road,
Newcastle, and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud in
relation to driving offences.’
In May 2011 Tiote’s BMWx6 was taken away from outside his home in Northumberland by police over non-payment of car insurance.
Newcastle are playing Metalist
Kharkiv in their last-32 Europa League tie at St James’s Park tomorrow
night and Tiote, who missed the weekend defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, is
expected to start as manager Alan Pardew looks to play his strongest
team against the Ukrainian outfit.