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Football: Gascoigne fined for rail station assault

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Troubled former England football star Paul Gascoigne was fined after pleading guilty Monday to common assault and drunk and disorderly behaviour at a railway station.

The ex-Tottenham and Lazio midfielder, who has a long history of alcoholism, admitted the two charges at Stevenage Magistrates' Court, north of London.

The 46-year-old was fined £1,000 ($1,540, 1,160 euros) -- £600 for the assault and £400 for the second charge.

Police were called to Stevenage railway station at 10:30pm on July 4 and arrested Gascoigne.

Gascoigne's lawyer Gavin Harris told reporters outside court: "Mr Gascoigne wants to publicly apologise for his actions that evening. He now wishes to be left alone to carry on with his recovery."

Gascoigne did not speak as he left court.

Known to fans as "Gazza", Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England between 1988 and 1998.

Considered one of the most talented English players ever, he is best known for his exploits at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he helped England reach the semi-finals.

He started his career at his hometown club Newcastle, before playing for Spurs, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton before his career wound down.

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