Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been cleared of sexually assaulting two women.
The footballer was found not guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown Court following a four-day trial.
He was accused of groping a woman in a nightclub in Yarm, Teesside, before sexually assaulting a different woman in a taxi.
The woman from the taxi claimed Bramble grabbed her hand twice and put it on his crotch.
He also placed his hand between her legs, she said, which made her "scared".
But Bramble told jurors the complainant was "touchy-feely and flirty" and kissed him "passionately" in a taxi from the Cross Keys nightclub.
She kissed him and put her hand on his crotch during the journey, he said.
The 30-year-old, from Wynyard near Middlesbrough, was arrested after the taxi driver drove the pair to a police station.
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 at Cross Keys, said she felt someone grope her bottom and turned round to see Bramble - but he denied it was him.
She reported the incident after the other allegation was made.
Both women claimed to have been assaulted on September 28 last year.
The footballer, who has played for Ipswich, Newcastle and Wigan Athletic, denied all charges.