Gas­coigne fined for racism of­fence

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SUN­DER­LAND in­sist there was noth­ing sin­is­ter about de­fender Pa­trick van Aan­holt’s late with­drawal from Sun­day’s 1-0 de­feat at Tot­ten­ham, but have yet to clar­ify the ex­act na­ture of the “med­i­cal rea­sons” be­hind his ab­sence.

WEST HAM NAPOLI have con­firmed that Chelsea sum­mer trans­fer tar­get Kali­dou Koulibaly, 25, has signed a new long-term con­tract with the Ital­ian club un­til 2021. FOR­MER Eng­land foot­baller Paul Gas­coigne has been fined £1,000 (RM5,440) and or­dered to pay £1,000 in com­pen­sa­tion by a court yes­ter­day for mak­ing a racist com­ment to a black se­cu­rity guard at his An Evening With Gazza show last year.

Dud­ley Mag­is­trates Court was told Gas­coigne, 49, had hu­mil­i­ated Er­rol Rowe, who had been given the job of pro­tect­ing him dur­ing his per­for­mance in Wolver­hamp­ton on Nov 30 last year, by ask­ing him: “Can you smile please, be­cause I can’t see you?”

Dis­trict Judge Gra­ham Wilkin­son, fin­ing Gas­coigne, told the re­tired play­maker: “You sought to get a laugh from an au­di­ence of over 1,000 peo­ple be­cause of the colour of Rowe’s skin.”

It had ap­peared Gas­coigne, who made his name at north­east club New­cas­tle United be­fore en­joy­ing spells at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, Rome club Lazio and Glas­gow Rangers, would con­test the charge.

But Gas­coigne changed his plea be­fore the first wit­ness was called to give ev­i­dence yes­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing Gas­coigne’s guilty plea, Wilkin­son said the for­mer mid­fielder, a mem­ber of the Eng­land side that reached the semi­fi­nals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, had ad­mit­ted to “the sort of in­sid­i­ous racism” that needed to be chal­lenged.

One of the most nat­u­rally tal­ented English foot­ballers of his gen­er­a­tion, Gas­coigne’s post-play­ing ca­reer has be­come best known for re­peated strug­gles with al­co­holism and men­tal ill­ness. – AFP

con­tract will be worth about £50,000 a week.

Tot­ten­ham have al­ready re­warded Alli, Eric Dier, Chris­tian Erik­sen, Kevin Wim­mer, Tom Car­roll and Harry Winks with new con­tracts since man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino signed his new deal in May.

The club are ex­pected to fol­low up the Alli deal by an­nounc­ing new con­tracts for full-backs Rose and Walker and cen­tral de­fender Ver­tonghen in the next few weeks, with chair­man Daniel Levy de­ter­mined to tie all the club’s young stars down on long-term deals. – Ex­press News­pa­per

have ini­ti­ated con­tract talks with 23-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku in a bid to se­cure the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional’s longterm fu­ture at the club.

have post­poned con­tract talks with man­ager Slaven Bilic, 48, un­til he is able to turn around the club’s poor form.

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