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Paul Gascoigne fined over railway bust-up

6/19/2014

Fallen England soccer idol Paul Gascoigne has been fined almost $2,000 (£1,333) after he admitted assaulting a train station worker during a drunken bust-up last month (Jul13). The alcoholic former sports star was ordered off a train in Stevenage, England by staff who accused him of being "drunk and unstable", but when a worker asked him to sit in a wheelchair for his safety, Gascoigne lashed out. He was arrested on charges of common assault and being drunk and disorderly following the clash on 4 July (13), and on Monday (05Aug13), Gascoigne pleaded guilty to both counts. Another charge of common assault was dismissed. Stevenage Magistrates Court heard Gascoigne had been battling a drinking problem at the time of the incident, but had started boozing on the train and "got p**sed (drunk) quickly" because his tolerance had dropped during a recent period of sobriety. Gascoigne was fined $1,867 (£1,245) and ordered to pay $150 (£100) compensation and $127 (£85) in court costs. Following the hearing, Gascoigne's lawyer said, "Mr Gascoigne wants to publicly apologise for his actions that evening. He now wishes to be left alone to carry on his recovery."

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