Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne arrives at Dudley Magistrates Court,England, where he is set to face trial accused of a racially aggravated public order offence. Monday Sept 19, 2016. (Rui Vieira/PA via AP)
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.