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Gasgoine's agent Mel Stein
"It was reckless - but typical bad Gascoigne luck"
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Tuesday, 15 February, 2000, 16:22 GMT
Gascoigne lands misconduct charge

gascoigne Paul Gascoigne broke his arm during the clash


Middlesbrough's Paul Gascoigne has been charged with misconduct by Football Association for elbowing Aston Villa's George Boateng.

Gascoigne suffered a broken arm in Monday night's clash and is likely to be sidelined for at least six weeks.



He'll recover. He has always had very good healing powers. I suspect it's not going to take more than four to six weeks for him to be back again.
Gascoigne's adviser Mel Stein
But the FA's swift reaction signals their intent to crackdown on bad behaviour following a spate of ugly incidents.

Leeds, Tottenham, Chelsea and Wimbledon as well as several of their players have all been charged with misconduct as a result of confrontations in last weekend's Premiership matches.

"Paul Gascoigne has been charged with misconduct as a result of an incident involving George Boateng during Middlesbrough's home game against Aston Villa," read an FA statement.

"In reaching the decision, the FA is acutely aware that sadly, Paul sustained a serious injury himself from the incident. Everyone within the game will wish him a speedy recovery.

"However, we are committed to investigating allegations of violent play in the interests of the game as a whole.

"Having viewed video footage of the incident, we believe there is a case to be answered.

"He has 14 days to respond to the charge requesting a personal hearing if required."

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