Troubled ex-Newcastle, Spurs, Everton, Middlesbrough and Rangers ace Gazza avoids bankruptcy

Dated: 09/12/2010'Relieved former soccer star Paul Gascoigne leaving Newcastle Magistrates Court today (Thursday) after receiving an 8 week suspended sentence on Drink Driving charges.'Onlookers commented that the ex Spurs, Newcastle, Lazio and Rangers star was looking in better shape than in his recent  appearances in public. *** Local Caption ***

Dated: 09/12/2010'Relieved former soccer star Paul Gascoigne leaving Newcastle Magistrates Court today (Thursday) after receiving an 8 week suspended sentence on Drink Driving charges.'Onlookers commented that the ex Spurs, Newcastle, Lazio and Rangers star was looking in better shape than in his recent appearances in public. *** Local Caption ***

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FALLEN football hero Paul Gascoigne has promised to pay back tens of thousands in unpaid tax.

The former England, Tottenham, Lazio and Newcastle midfield player, appeared in the High Court yesterday facing bankruptcy over £30,000 of unpaid tax.

Deputy Registrar Clive Jones agreed to adjourn the hearing for six weeks to give the 43-year-old the chance to pay the money he owes to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Inderjit Singh Ahluwalia, representing HMRC, said this would be the final chance to avoid bankruptcy by Gascoigne.

The Dunston-born player, who also played for Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough, was not in court and was instead represented by a financial adviser.

Mr Gascoigne was ordered to pay £28,000 by March 2 and the remainder before the case returns to court.

Last week, Mr Gascoigne had a drink-drive charge against him dropped. He was due to go on trial at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court next week after the case was adjourned four times last year. But court officials confirmed the case against Gascoigne has been dropped.