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Ex-England footballer Kerry Dixon denies cocaine charge

Kerry Dixon playing for Chelsea, England and Southampton Image copyright South Bedfordshire News Agency
Image caption Kerry Dixon, 53, appeared before Luton magistrates charged with possession of a Class A controlled drug

Former Chelsea and England footballer Kerry Dixon has pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine.

The 53-year-old ex-striker of Jardine Way, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, appeared before Luton magistrates to deny having £100 to £150 worth of the drug.

He will be tried at Luton Crown Court at a date yet to be fixed.

Kim White, 46, also of Jardine Way, admitted the same charge and was fined £110, along with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The court heard she was on benefits and suffered from depression.

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Image caption Kerry Dixon's clubs included Chelsea and Southampton

Mr Dixon played more than 400 games for Chelsea and scored 193 goals, making him the club's third-highest goalscorer of all time.

He won eight England caps and was part of the squad for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

During his career he also played for Reading, Southampton, Luton and Watford, and was a player and manager at Doncaster Rovers.

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