Former England international Gascoigne pleads guilty to racial offense

Published On: September 19, 2016 04:40 PM NPT By: Associated Press

DUDLEY, Sept 19: Troubled former England player Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offense.

The ex-Tottenham and Lazio midfielder admitted used "threatening or abusive words or behavior" toward a black security guard in November at his stage show, "An Evening with Gazza," in Wolverhampton, central England.

The 49-year-old Gascoigne's guilty plea came ahead of a trial at Dudley Magistrates' Court which was due to start on Monday.

Once one of England's most talented players, Gascoigne has faced years of alcohol and mental health problems.

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