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Former England player Paul Gascoigne to stand trial

DUDLEY, England (AP) Former England player Paul Gascoigne will stand trial after pleading not guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offense.

The former Tottenham and Lazio midfielder is alleged to have directed the abuse at a black security guard in November at his stage show, "An Evening with Gazza," in Wolverhampton, central England.

The 49-year-old Gascoigne appeared Wednesday at nearby Dudley Magistrates' Court, signing autographs for fans outside the court.