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Former Spurs and Newcastle hero receives Italian invite

Paul Gascoigne joined Lazio from Spurs in 1992. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/EMPICS Sport Paul Gascoigne joined Lazio from Spurs in 1992. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/EMPICS Sport

Friday, August 31, 2012
4:24 PM

Paul Gascoigne has been invited to attend Spurs’ Europa League clash against Lazio in Italy

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Italian side Lazio will invite Paul Gascoigne to their Europa League match against Tottenham in Rome to celebrate the link the former England star created between the two clubs.

Gascoigne joined Lazio from Spurs in 1992 and Lazio’s general manager Maurizio Manzini said they would like the 45-year-old to attend the game in Rome.

Lazio and Tottenham have been drawn together in Group J along with Greek side Panathinaikos and Maribor from Slovenia.

Manzini told the Press Association: “Tottenham is a team Lazio knows very well, a great team with great traditions and we are very familiar with White Hart Lane starting from the time we had Paul Gascoigne.

“There is always a corner of Tottenham in our hearts. He is a mythical figure for Lazio fans and very popular in general in Italy.

“I remember the Atlanta ultras, who had a reputation for being really tough, opened an enormous banner with a picture of a huge bottle of beer saying ‘This is for you Gazza’.

“I hope we will have the chance to see him in London and for sure we will invite him to the match in Rome.”

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