Aston Villa footballer Stewart Downing was forced to divulge to a jury that he spent £45,000 on a home cinema system.

Downing, 26, was giving evidence on the second day of the trial of his former agent Ian Elliot who is accused of fraud.

York Crown Court heard how Elliott allegedly siphoned off large amounts of money from one of the Premiership footballer's bank accounts to prop up his failing business interests.

Downing confirmed an account had in excess of £2 million going through it and also that £136,000 had left the account to pay for a number of luxury items.

As well as the £43,000 home cinema, he spent £30,000 on a home extension, £6,000 on a walk-in wardrobe, £6,000 on a bathroom and £45,000 on a conservatory. He also gave his family £180,000 over a number of years, the jury was told.

The former Middlesbrough FC midfielder told the jury the account should have had £600,000 to £700,000 in it from his earnings, but said a firm of accountants discovered just £11,000 in it.

Downing said there was a "massive amount" of money going into the account and he would have expected to see more than a few thousand pounds.

Elliott, 53, denies all charges.