Former England footballer Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne pleaded not guilty to sexual assault when he appeared in Peterlee Magistrates' Court near Newcastle on Tuesday.

Gascoigne stands accused of intentionally touching a woman aged over 16 without consent when he was travelling on a train between York and Newcastle on August 20.

He is alleged to have kissed the woman but the former Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham player claimed he had intervened to comfort her after she had been called a 'fat cow.'

Gascoigne was granted unconditional bail ahead of his appearance before Teesside Crown Court in Middlesborough on January 8.

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