Paul Gascoigne to appear in court over making a 'racially aggravated' joke about a black bouncer while appearing at 'An Evening with Gazza' event

June 4, 2016 10:37 AM

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Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been ordered to appear in court to answer a charge of making a 'racially aggravated' joke while on stage during 'An Evening With Gazza' event.

The former Spurs player is alleged to have made a joke about a black bouncer who was standing in the shadows during the event in Wolverhampton Civic Hall on November 30.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Gascoigne, 49, is due to appear in Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on June 17.

Gascoigne's agent Terry Baker said he was not able to comment on the forthcoming court case.

According to the Express and Star, the West Midlands CPS had initially decided not to proceed, but when the case was transferred to London for review because of Gascoigne's celebrity status, it was decided to summons the former footballer to court.

In April, the former midfielder suffered a 'two-day blip' in his ongoing struggle with alcoholism.

The star, who has had a drink problem for more than 20 years, told ITV's Good Morning Britain that he was doing 'all right' and had been clean for 11 months.

In March, Gascoigne was photographed clutching a bottle of gin and being escorted by a police officer in his home town of Poole, Dorset. Later, more photographs emerged of the ex-Tottenham player, showing cuts and bruising to his nose, lip and forehead.

Shrugging off his recent relapse as nothing more than a 'blip', the former player said he had been sober for months and was 'back to my best'.

However, he admitted that he only realised the seriousness of his recent relapse after seeing stories in the newspapers.

'After that last one [relapse] I said to someone, 'God I'm glad the papers didn't get hold of it' and then they sent us a photo and I went, 'oof',' he said.

During the interview Gascoigne said he had only been in rehab three times for 'the drink', but added: 'Where I live ... a lot of people who have this addiction are allowed to get on with it.

Gascoigne talked in depth about his treatment at the Providence Projects, an alcohol treatment centre in Bournemouth, where he said he received 'fantastic' support and counselling.

'The Providence Projects ... the support I get from them is fantastic and sometimes I feel embarrassed getting the support because there's people who aren't fortunate that live on the streets with my illness and they don't really get the support, so sometimes to help myself I go and help another person.

Asked by Morgan if he felt it was right for people to compare him to George Best, Gascoigne said: 'He's passed away, I'm not, I'm still here.

'I think I have a great personality and it's only me that lets myself down. Years ago when I used to relapse, often when I first finished playing football, I used to blame everybody for my relapse.

During the interview, Dr Hilary Jones told Gascoigne that his behaviour was typical of someone suffering from adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

'I've met Paul over the years, he knows he's an alcoholic, he's always known he's an alcoholic,' he said.

'The problems of OCD, substance abuse, problems other than alcohol ... adult ADHD fits your description really well.


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