Paul Gascoigne arrives in court to cheers of 'Go on Gazza' ahead of sexual assault trial

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has arrived at court to face an allegation of kissing a woman without consent.

Monday, 14th October 2019, 12:49 pm
Updated Monday, 14th October 2019, 12:49 pm
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne arrives at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where he is appearing on charges of sexually assaulting a woman on a train. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 14, 2019. Mr Gascoigne was arrested for kissing a woman in August 2018 on a train between York and Newcastle. See PA story COURTS Gascoigne. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The ex-midfielder is accused of kissing the woman on a train between York and Newcastle in August last year.

The 52-year-old has already entered a not guilty plea to the single charge of sexual assault, and his trial at Teesside Crown Court is due to start later on Monday.

Wearing sunglasses, a blue suit and a patterned tie, Gascoigne was mobbed by photographers as he walked into the court building.

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Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne arrives at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where he is appearing on charges of sexually assaulting a woman on a train. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 14, 2019. Mr Gascoigne was arrested for kissing a woman in August 2018 on a train between York and Newcastle. See PA story COURTS Gascoigne. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

As he entered, one member of the public was heard shouting "Go on Gazza lad", to which the former footballer responded: "Ah right, lad."

At a previous hearing earlier this year, the court heard how Gascoigne's defence will be that he has a propensity to kiss people "in a non-sexual manner".

His trial is scheduled to last five days.

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne arrives at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where he is appearing on charges of sexually assaulting a woman on a train. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 14, 2019. Mr Gascoigne was arrested for kissing a woman in August 2018 on a train between York and Newcastle. See PA story COURTS Gascoigne. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire