Gazza fined for drunken station assault
FORMER England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 (€1,160) after he admitted drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a railway station.
Gascoigne, who has battled alcoholism for many years, was fined £600 for one charge of assault and £400 for a drunk and disorderly charge.
The former Newcastle and Spurs midfielder was arrested after police were called to Stevenage station in Hertfordshire at around 10.30pm on July 4.
Security guard Jack Sherrington noticed that Gascoigne was staggering towards the tracks.
Staff tried to help him by putting him in a wheelchair, but he became abusive to Mr Sherrington and used the "c word" repeatedly, Elaine McMillan, prosecuting, told the court.
Ms McMillan said Gascoigne grabbed hold of Mr Sherrington in the neck area. Mr Sherrington was uninjured.
The court heard that Gascoigne had been in Newcastle visiting his father, who has a heart condition. He was travelling from Newcastle to London, but got off at Stevenage.
The 46-year-old, who received treatment for alcoholism in a US clinic earlier this year, was originally charged with two counts of assault, one involving his ex-wife, Sheryl, but that charge was dropped.
Gascoigne's lawyer, Gavin Harris, said that his client had only consumed a small amount of alcohol due to a "combination of stress caused by worry for his father and acute pain from a hip operation six weeks previously".
Mr Harris said because Gascoigne had not drunk alcohol for a significant period, the effects were stronger than normal.
In a statement outside court, Mr Harris said: "Mr Gascoigne wants to publicly apologise for his actions that evening."