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Sunderland's Titus Bramble charged with sexual assault

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble
Image caption Titus Bramble joined Sunderland from Wigan in July 2010

Sunderland footballer Titus Bramble has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and urinating in a public place.

The 30-year-old defender, from Wynyard, Teesside, will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on 10 November.

The Premier League star was arrested on 28 September and 14 October on suspicion of carrying out separate sexual assaults.

Mr Bramble's lawyer said he would "vigorously contest" the allegations.

A Sunderland AFC spokesperson said: "Titus Bramble is training independently at present and is not involved in any first team duties.

"This will remain the case, pending the outcome of club investigations."

Mr Bramble began his footballing career at Ipswich, before making a £6m move to Newcastle United.

He then joined Wigan Athletic and moved back to the North East with Sunderland last year.

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