Ex-footballer Marcus Bent admits possessing cocaine

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Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent has admitted possessing cocaine.

Bent, 37, appeared at Guildford Crown Court today facing four charges stemming from an incident on September 13.

Wearing a navy suit, tie and white shirt, he denied charges of affray and possessing bladed articles, namely a meat cleaver and kitchen knife.

But the ex-Everton, Ipswich and Charlton striker entered a plea of guilty to one count of possessing a class A drug - cocaine.

Judge Roger Climie adjourned the case until January 13.

Bent, from Esher, Surrey, was released on unconditional bail.