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Paul Gascoigne says 'I did f*** all wrong, it was just a peck' after being charged with sexually assaulting woman on a train

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20/11/2018 Richard Spillett and Tracey Kandohla For Mailonline

Paul Gascoigne has denied sexually assaulting a woman on a train © Getty Paul Gascoigne has denied sexually assaulting a woman on a train

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne today insisted he's done 'f*** all wrong' after he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train between York and Durham.

The 51-year-old ex-England midfielder was charged with one count of sexual assault by touching, three months after he was detained at Durham railway station in August. 

Shortly after the charge was announced this afternoon, Gascoigne went on Twitter to vehemently deny the claims in a series of tweets.

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He wrote: 'As u know ive been charged with sexual assault from 4 mths ago plus the police who charged me asked me for selfies&an autograph? Why if I did wrong ok I'm sticking up4myself my manager SHANE said say nothing leave it2 the lawyers no I'm my own lawyer I did f*** all wrong.'

He later removed the tweets.

  a person posing for the camera: Paul Gascoigne, pictured during a theatre appearance in Portsmouth ten days ago, has been charged with sexual assault © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Paul Gascoigne, pictured during a theatre appearance in Portsmouth ten days ago, has been charged with sexual assault

He then wrote: 'It's ok I'm just sad about it as I respect all women I've a MAM2sisters2nieces a daughter so why assault x just so pleased that everyone I know they no it not true.'

Mr Gascoigne said he was attempting to comfort a woman on the train after she was called a 'fat cow' and did not assault her at any time.

The former pro footballer who often tours the country giving talks to fans said he 'pecked her' on the cheek and said: 'It's ok I was called fat years ago.' 

a man standing in front of a building: He was pictured in Newcastle three days after he was held by police over the the alleged sexual assault © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He was pictured in Newcastle three days after he was held by police over the the alleged sexual assault

In a third tweet, he continued: 'Report says I was in Durham ha no they came to my place in Newcastle&said they want a chat to help my case yeh right got questioned? Asked do I need a lawyer,then asked for a selfie&do I miss football it’s ok i suppose there only doing there job but deep inside I’m hurting'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Gazza insisted he'd done 'f*** all wrong' in a tweet this afternoon which he later took down © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gazza insisted he'd done 'f*** all wrong' in a tweet this afternoon which he later took down

He added: 'YOU’S I DO NOT ACCUSE ABUSE OR USE WOMEN IVE SOOOO MUCH RESPECT FOR WOMEN AND MYSELF X BIG HUGS FROM GAZZA OH INFACT I BETTER NOT SAY THAT.'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Mr Gascoigne said he attempted to comfort a woman on a train because she was upset about being called fat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Gascoigne said he attempted to comfort a woman on a train because she was upset about being called fat

The star's manager meanwhile told MailOnline he will fight any court case and continue making public appearances in the meantime. 

Gascoigne's representative, Shane Whitfield, told MailOnline: 'He totally denies this and is innocent until proven guilty.

'People are always trying to accuse him of some wrongdoing and put him down. It's unfair. He's staying strong because he's innocent.' 

a screenshot of a cell phone: Gascoigne says police chatted about football when they questioned him about the claims © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gascoigne says police chatted about football when they questioned him about the claims

The agent said he was 'surprised' by the charge, adding: 'I don't know what happened but Paul says he didn't assault any passenger on a train. 

'But it is what it is. He's been charged and he'll have to go to court. Hopefully it won't set him back. He's told me he's innocent.

'He's got work commitments to fulfill, his next 'Evening with Gazza' is in December in Nottinghamshire and he plans to be there.' 

a screenshot of a cell phone: He tweeted that he has respect for women and does not 'accuse, abuse or use' them © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He tweeted that he has respect for women and does not 'accuse, abuse or use' them

Referring to Gascoigne's long running battle with alcohol problems, Mr Whitfield said the star has his 'good days and bad days', but insisted: 'He'll bounce back from this and it will be business as usual.' 

Gascoigne also wrote on Facebook, saying: 'You will have read in the press that I have been charged with an offence. I deny this offence but on the advice of my legal team I will not comment any further at this stage.Love GAZZA XXX' 

Mr Whitfield spoke to MailOnline this afternoon after British Transport Police announced the charge.  

A police spokesman said today: 'A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham.

'Paul Gascoigne, of Leicester, was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

'The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year.' 

a group of people posing for the camera: Gascoigne posted this picture on Facebook the day after he was held. It is thought the picture was taken the weekend before the incident, when he travelled to Northern Ireland with friends © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gascoigne posted this picture on Facebook the day after he was held. It is thought the picture was taken the weekend before the incident, when he travelled to Northern Ireland with friends

Gascoigne will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court in County Durham on December 11. 

He had been pictured at a boxing event in Belfast two days before the alleged offence after apparently flew to Northern Ireland with friends on a private jet. 

A police spokesman said at the time of the allegation: 'Officers were called to Durham station at 6.45pm on Monday August 20 following reports that a woman had been sexually assaulted on board a CrossCountry train from York.  

Gascoigne rose to fame at Newcastle United in the 1980s before moving to Tottenham Hotspur. He found worldwide renown during his appearances for England at the World Cup 1990.

He later played for a host of clubs, including Lazio in Italy, Glasgow Rangers in Scotland and Everton and Middlesbrough in the English Premier League.

The later part of his career was dogged with claims of alcohol abuse and he has struggled with alcoholism since retiring from football in 2004.

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