Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse after a “joke” he told during a show.
Gascoigne, 49, made the comment during An Evening With Gazza in Wolverhampton on 30 November 2015.
At Dudley Magistrates’ Court, the ex-player admitted using “threatening or abusive words or behaviour”.
Gascoigne, who lives in Dorset, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation.
On his way into court he stopped to sign autographs, including on a man’s chest.
Gascoigne changed his plea to guilty before the first witness was called to evidence.
After the change of plea, District Judge Graham Wilkinson told the court the ex-player had admitted “the sort of insidious racism” that needed to be challenged. He told Gascoigne what happened was a “stain on his character”.
Gascoigne, whose career included spells at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers, made the comment to a black security guard at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
The Express Star newspaper reported the charge related to a remark the former England midfielder made about the guard, who was in a darkened part of the stage. Gascoigne allegedly said he could not tell “if he was smiling or not”.
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37406549