A jury found him not guilty at Teesside Crown Court after a four-day trial.

Bramble stood accused of groping a woman in a nightclub in Yarm, Teesside, before sexually assaulting another in a taxi home.

Bramble told jurors that one of the complainants was ‘touchy feelie and flirty’ and kissed him ‘passionately’ as they shared a taxi from the Cross Keys nightclub.

The footballer said she had also put her hand on his crotch during the journey.

Bramble’s defence lawyer Ronnie Jaffa said the woman made the allegation to “save face” after she regretted kissing him.

The other woman, who was in the Cross Keys, said she felt someone grope her bottom and turned to see Bramble.

Bramble, who has also represented Newcastle, Ipswich, and Wigan Athletic, consistently denied all charges.

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