PREMIERSHIP footballer Titus Bramble faces a third charge of sexual assault.
The 30-year-old defender was accused of indecently touching two women in separate incidents on a night out in Yarm, in September.
At a hearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, the player was told an additional sexual assault charge relating to one of the existing complainants was to be added to the indictment.
Bramble, of Wellington Drive, Wynyard, denied the new charge.
He had already pleaded not guilty to the original two sexual assault charges.
Bramble, in a dark grey suit, white shirt and black and grey tie, was formally cleared of a charge of urinating in a public place after the prosecution said it was no longer being pursued.
His case was committed to crown court and a trial will take place on a date to be set.
Bramble started his career at Ipswich Town, was signed by Sir Bobby Robson for Newcastle United, moved to Wigan Athletic then returned to the North-East with Sunderland.