Paul Gascoigne said he ‘respects all women’ after he was charged with sexual assault.
The England football legend, 51, has been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching after an incident on a train.
British Transport Police said the incident occurred on a train from York to Durham.
Now, Gazza has appeared to address the charge in a series of posts on his Twitter profile.
The tweets suggest that the police officers who arrested Gazza asked him for selfies and an autograph. BTP strongly refutes this allegation.
One tweet said he was hurting “deep inside” after the accusation.
Another, signed ‘Gazza’, said he was ‘crying his eyes out’, while a final post seemed to suggest he had let a woman kiss him on the cheek when she asked for a selfie and stuck up for her.
The first tweet, which was deleted shortly after it was posted, said: “Hi as u know ive been charged with a sexual assault from 4 mths ago plus the police who charged me asked me for selfies&an autograph ?
“Why if I did wrong ok I’m sticking up4myself my manager SHANE said say nothing leave it2 the lawyers no I’m my own lawyer I did f*** all wrong.”
The second tweet said: “My niece&nephew who were hospitalised because they were called fat at school &refused2eat,I was called fat it’s ok I’m just sad about it as I respect all women I’ve a MAM2sisters2nieces a daughter so why assault x just so pleased that everyone I know they no it not true.”
A third added: “Report says I was in Durham ha no they came to my place in Newcastle&said they want a chat to help my case yeh right got questioned? Asked do I need a lawyer,then asked for a selfie&do I miss football it’s ok i suppose there only doing there job but deep inside I’m hurting.”
Another tweet said: “Ok I’m crying my eyes out las twee I will f****** guarantee YOU’S I DO NOT ACCUSE ABUSE OR USE WOMEN IVE SOOOO MUSH RESPECT FOR WOMEN AND MYSELF X BIG HUGS FROM GAZZA OH INFACT I BETTER NOT SAY THAT.”
The final post said: “Ok I promise2delete my tweets but just1last tweet then I’ll delete WHAT DO I DO WHEN A WOMEN WANTS A SELFIE&A KISS ON MY CHEEK ? Do I say oh that’s a sexual assault if so I’d be in court4the rest of my life x FFS IM GETTING accused Y FOR CARING4some1 that got called a fat cow.”
Gazza, who played for clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers and Everton, was arrested at Durham station on August 20.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham.
“Paul Gascoigne, of Leicester, was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
“The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year.”
He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on December 11.