Paul Gascoigne faces charge over ‘racist joke’

Paul Gascoign faces court over alleged racist joke. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Paul Gascoign faces court over alleged racist joke. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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TROUBLED ex-Rangers star Paul Gascoigne is to appear in court accused of making a racist joke.

The former England player allegedly made a crude joke about a black bouncer at one of his An Evening With Gazza shows in England.

The 49-year-old, who has struggled with alcoholism for years, allegedly made the comment at Wolverhampton Civic Centre in November.

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He is due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on 17 June 17 to answer the summons and be charged with the offence, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Police received a complaint following the show on 30 November last year and investigated the former England, Newcastle United, Spurs and Everton star.

It is understood the decision on whether to proceed with a prosecution has been with CPS lawyers since then.

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His agent, Terry Baker, confirmed the CPS was going ahead but had no further comment to make.

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