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Paul Gascoigne fined for racially abusing his bodyguard

By Matthew Cooper

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 after racially abusing a bodyguard employed to protect him during an on-stage show.

Dudley Magistrates' Court heard Gascoigne (49) left black security worker Errol Rowe feeling humiliated after asking him: "Can you smile so I can see you?"

Ordering Gascoigne to pay Mr Rowe £1,000 in compensation, District Judge Graham Wilkinson said the "off-the-cuff" remark at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall did not make the retired player a racist, but was an example of insidious low-level racism which needed to be challenged.

Gascoigne was also ordered to pay a £100 surcharge and £500 towards prosecution costs.

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