If it’s not a footballer in the news for their actions on the pitch, it’s another for their actions off it.

This week Titus Bramble has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and urinating in a public place (keeping it classy, as always).

The 30-year-old Sunderland defender was arrested outside Middlesborough, in Cleveland on 28 September on suspicion of sexual assault and drug possession (sigh). Bramble was then arrested again on 14 October on suspicion of a second sexual assault.

A source close to the player said that the first alleged sexual assault relates to an incident in a taxi, while the second alleged assault took place at a nightclub. Apparently Bramble was ‘shocked’ by the allegations and that he has been charged. Why are we not surprised.

Bramble has been suspended from Sunderland while the club investigates and in the meantime is denying the charges made against him. His lawyer, Phil Smith said:

My client vehemently denies these charges and will be vigorously contesting them.

Of course he will. The drug charge has been dropped and Bramble will appear at Teeside Magistrates Court on 10 November.

Is it too much to ask for a story about footballers not being sexual predators or racist towards others?