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Ex-England player Gascoigne pleads guilty

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STEVENAGE, England (AP) - Former England soccer player Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to common assault and drunk and disorderly charges and was fined $1,500 following an arrest at a train station on July 4.

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The 46-year-old Gascoigne, who has battled alcoholism, was arrested by British Transport Police at Stevenage rail station following an incident involving security guard Jack Sherrington.

``I am grateful for and welcome Mr. Gascoigne's decision to plead guilty today,'' Sherrington said in a statement Monday. ``I am told that since the incident he has offered his apologies for his behavior, and I fully accept them.

``In differing ways this has not been easy for either of us and I sincerely hope he gets the help that he needs in the future.''

Gascoigne was originally charged with two counts of assault, but the charge involving his ex-wife Sheryl was later dropped. Gascoigne starred for England at the 1990 World Cup in Italy and played for Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers, among others.

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