English football

Gascoigne faces court date

July 21, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former England international Paul Gascoigne has been charged with two counts of common assault and one being of drunk and disorderly following an incident at Stevenage railway station.

Paul Gascoigne
PA PhotosPaul Gascoigne continues to relapse in his long-term struggles against alcohol abuse

Gascoigne, who earlier this year spent time at a clinic in the United States to receive treatment for his acute alcoholism which was funded by major sporting names, has been charged in relation to an incident which happened on July 4.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United midfielder, who won 57 caps for England and played in the 1990 World Cup semi-final defeat to West Germany, has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Stevenage on August 5.

Confirming that Gascoigne has now been charged with three offences, Baljit Ubhey, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: "Following a BTP investigation, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against the 46-year-old man.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from BTP to charge the man with common assault and being drunk and disorderly.

"The charges are in relation to an incident at Stevenage rail station on the evening of Thursday July 4. The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

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