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Paul Gascoigne axed from Scottish Football Hall of Fame nominations

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The Scottish Football Hall of Fame has dramatically decided to withdraw Paul Gascoigne from its nominations.

The Rangers legend was last week put forward as a candidate to be inducted on to the list of our game’s greats.

But the nomination was met with fierce opposition in some quarters – with one SFA board member poised to snub the dinner.

Gascoigne, centre, enjoyed a successful spell at Rangers © Getty Images Gascoigne, centre, enjoyed a successful spell at Rangers

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The choice of Gascoigne was a controversial one due to concerns over his associations with domestic abuse, racist language and sectarianism.

And the Scottish Football Hall of Fame have released a statement this evening which explains its decision, insisting the troubled star’s health was a factor along with "ongoing enquires" surrounding him. 

The statement reads: “Further to consultation with the chair and members of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame committee, due to a number of factors including ongoing enquiries, and concerns over the state of Paul’s health, it has been decided to withdraw the nomination of Paul Gascoigne at this time from this year’s nomination process.”

Gascoigne – one of British football’s greatest ever players – spent three years at Ibrox where he won two league titles.

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He, along with women’s football star Julie Fleeting, were due to take their place alongside Scots greats such as Jim Baxter, Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson as well as foreign players in Henrik Larsson and Brian Laudrup.

A panel made up of people in the game and members of the media choose the nominations.

The Hall of Fame dinner will take place at Hampden on Sunday, October 21.


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