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Monday, 5 June, 2000, 22:46 GMT 23:46 UK
Gazza: My future lies abroad
Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne was dropped from the World Cup squad
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has admitted that he will continue his playing career away from British shores.

The 33-year-old Middlesbrough player says he has had offers from the United States and Australia and is ready to continue his playing career in either country when he leaves Teesside.

"I will definitely go abroad but I just don't know where or when. It could be America or Australia - I haven't decided yet," Gascoigne told Rangers Monthly.

"I have been offered jobs in both of those countries, so I will have to think seriously about my future.

"I'm going to see what happens at the end of the season and talk to the manager Bryan Robson but I definitely want to play football as long as I can.

Referees

"I'm enjoying myself at Middlesbrough. In my first season we won promotion. The season after that we finished in our highest position for 25 years.

"Bryan has turned the club around from just about being extinct to being at the top."

But Gascoigne insists the one aspect of the game he will not miss is match officials, who he believes are attention-seekers.

"Without a doubt I get picked on by referees. Some of the decisions on me have been ridiculous. Five guys recently got sent off for using their elbows in incidents similar to my foul," said Gascoigne.

"They were only given a one-match ban which starts a week later and a 200 fine. I get a five-match ban which starts six weeks later because they knew I wouldn't be returning until then - and I got a 5,000 fine.

"My boss Bryan Robson wanted to appeal. But there's no point - that's what they want so that they get all the attention.

"It has been the same everywhere I go. Refs always single me out because they know it will get them noticed.

"Look at the time I got booked for picking up Dougie Smith's yellow card at Ibrox and booking him. That just sums it up.

"But I'm not letting it bother me any more. They will never change, so I will just ignore it now."

Regrets

Gascoigne also told of his regret at having hit his former wife Sheryl during their stormy marriage.

He told the magazine that the attack in 1996 was something that would haunt him for the rest of his life.

Sheryl was left with a black eye, a bruised face and four dislocated fingers after the incident.

He said: "The only thing I regret was when I hit my ex-wife Sheryl. That's the only thing I would change.

"Out of all the things that have happened that's the one time I would go back and wipe it all out," he added.

"I just wish it never happened and it is something that will live with me forever."

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