Sunderland star Jack Diamond pleads not guilty to rape and sex assault

SUNDERLAND star Jack Diamond has today denied rape and will now stand trial.

The footballer, 23, is accused of attacking a woman on two separate occasions at a home in Tyne and Wear.

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He had previously denied sexual assault at a different hearing, and has now pleaded not guilty to rape.

Diamond will now stand trial in the Newcastle Crown Court on January 2 next year.

The player, of Fatfield, Washington, had his conditional bail extended.

Lincoln City, where he had been on loan, terminated his loan stay.