Sunderland footballer Titus Bramble has today been cleared of sexually assaulting two women in the space of 30 minutes in September last year. The premier league defender was accused of grabbing a woman’s bum in the Cross Keys nightclub in Yarm, Teeside before he sexually assaulted another woman in a taxi home.

Yesterday Teeside Crown Court heard how Bramble grabbed the woman’s hand and placed it onto his crotch at the back of the taxi.  It was claimed that the woman said ‘this is not right’ before she pleaded to be taken home. This triggered concerned driver, Abid Hussain, to drive the pair to the police station where Bramble was arrested.

The lady, who can’t be named for legal reasons, admitted that although she had previously kissed the 30-year-old outside a pub later on in the evening, she ‘came to her senses’ and had only shared a taxi with the footballer because her home was en route to the club Bramble was going to.

Despite this Judge Peter Fox told the jury:

‘There needs to be proof of the sexual touching of the girl in question (and) that girl in question at the time did not agree to it.’

Bramble is the latest in a string of premier league footballers that have narrowly escaped convictions
relating to this kind of accusation.