Lee Hughes, a Notts County player since 2009, denies sexual assault

Notts County striker Lee Hughes has appeared in court to deny a charge of sexual assault.

Hughes, 35, entered a not guilty plea in a short hearing and elected for trial by jury.

He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in a Croydon hotel on 3 December. Notts County players had been staying in the hotel before their FA cup clash with Sutton United.

Hughes was granted bail and the case was adjourned until March 21.