Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes Cheick Tiote’s fake driving license charge was a result of a misunderstanding of British culture.

The Ivory Coast international, who joined the Magpies in 2010, was handed a suspended prison sentence for possessing a fake license purchased in Belgium for €15,000.

And Pardew expressed his relief at the outcome, explaining to Sky Sports: “There are times when international players come abroad and don’t actually understand the rules.

“We try to help them and try to push them in the right manner, the right way, and we’ll just make sure he gets the right advice going forward.”

Judge James Goss QC of Newcastle Crown Court also ordered Tiote to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

The Ivorian also received six points on his license and a £600 fine in February when he plead not guilty for driving a motor vehicle without insurance.

The midfielder, who started his career at Anderlecht before spending two years at FC Twente, joined Newcastle in 2010 and has been in a rich vein of form for his side this season.

Pardew also revealed that Tiote will captain his side against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

“I’m relieved because he’s our captain and he’s playing the best football he’s played for about 12-14 months,” he said. “He’s been terrific in the last three games and he will captain the team on Wednesday night.”

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