Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to racially aggravated offence

Ex-England footballer fined after admitting to using 'threatening or abusive words or behaviour'

Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne arrives at Dudley Magistrates Court | Photo: PA Wire

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence.

The 49-year-old admitted using "threatening or abusive words or behaviour" during An Evening With Gazza show in Wolverhampton.

Gascoigne admitted committing the offence on November 30th last year ahead of a trial at Dudley Magistrates' Court, which was due to start today.

The incident involved a comment made towards a black security guard working at the event.

Gascoigne had been due to stand trial, but changed his plea to guilty before the first witness was called to give evidence.

After the change of plea, Judge Wilkinson said the ex-player had admitted "the sort of insidious racism" that needed to be challenged.

He has been handed a £1,000 fine and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation.