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Notts County striker Lee Hughes denies sexual assault

Lee Hughes arriving at court
Image caption Mr Hughes pleaded not guilty at the five-minute hearing at Croydon Magistrates' Court

Notts County striker Lee Hughes has denied a charge of sexual assault at Croydon Magistrates' Court.

The 35-year-old was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers called to a hotel in Purley Way, Croydon, on 3 December 2011.

His team had been staying there prior to an FA Cup match against Sutton United the following day.

Mr Hughes, who has played for Notts County since 2009, was granted bail and the case adjourned until 21 March.

He pleaded not guilty at the five-minute hearing and elected to be tried at a crown court.

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