Paul Gascoigne fined for making racist remark

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 for making a racist comment to a black security guard at a public event.

Paul Gascoigne. Picture: PA
Paul Gascoigne. Picture: PA

Dudley Magistrates’ Court was told Gascoigne humiliated Errol Rowe, who had been assigned to protect him during his An Evening with Gazza show, by asking him: “Can you smile please, because I can’t see you?”

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Ordering Gascoigne to pay Mr Rowe £1,000 in compensation, District Judge Graham Wilkinson told the retired star: “You sought to get a laugh from an audience of over 1,000 people because of the colour of Mr Rowe’s skin.”

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