England footballer Lee Bowyer must wait until the New Year to hear whether he will face trial on a public disorder charge, a court heard today.

The 28-year-old Newcastle United footballer was charged following a brawl on the pitch with team-mate Kieron Dyer last season at St James's Park.

He has made one unsuccessful bid at the High Court to have the case dropped, as his legal team claim it is not in the public interest.

They said his club fine of more than £250,000 meant further punishment was unnecessary.

The case was listed for a brief hearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court today, where the bench heard a defence application for the case to be adjourned for two months.

In a letter to the court, Bowyer's solicitor said that would allow an appeal, against the decision not to have a judicial review, to be heard at the High Court.

Magistrates agreed to adjourn the case until January 16 next year.