Paul Gascoigne has shared photos of himself enjoying the sun in Benidorm a day after a video emerged of him joining in with a ‘f*** the Pope and the IRA’ chant in a local bar.
The former England midfielder, 52, was seen riding a jetski and enjoying a round of golf hours after the controversial video went public.
Fans flocked to see Gascoigne perform at the Ibrox Bar in the Costa Blanca resort on Saturday where he was filmed joining in the foul-mouthed chant.
The former England midfielder, 52, was seen riding a jetski hours after the controversial video went public
Gascoigne also showed himself enjoying a round of golf at a local course shortly after the footage emerged
The footballer wrote ‘morning guys from Spain’ in a Twitter post during his holiday
Gazza had clearly put the song controversy behind him as he showed himself enjoying the break
Gascoigne, who played for historically Protestant-supporting club Rangers, sang an adaptation of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best which hit out the the leader of the Catholic Church and the predominantly Catholic Irish nationalists.
A video published by the bar on their social media shows the retired footballer, dressed in a bright blue shirt, make his way through a crowd of merry and shirtless fans.
As the Tina Turner classic blasts out from the sound system, the fans insert the lyrics into the verse.
They sing: ‘I call you when I need you, my heart’s on fire. F*** the Pope and the IRA.
‘You come to me, come come to me wild and wired. F*** the Pope and the IRA.’
Paul Gascoigne (left) sings ‘f*** the Pope and the IRA’ with boozy fans in a Benidorm bar on Saturday
As the person holding the camera moves towards the front, Gascoigne – widely known as Gazza – is seen waving at and greeting members of the crowd.
He beams as he sings the expletive-laden lyrics in front of a portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II.
Gascoigne was appearing at an event hosted by the Ibrox bar – named after the Rangers stadium – called ‘Sash Bash with Gazza’.
The former Rangers midfielder beams as he sings the expletive-laden lyrics in front of a portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II at the Ibrox bar – named after the Scottish’s club’s stadium
The Sash is a song from Northern Ireland – where it is popular among Ulster loyalists – and is often chanted at Rangers games.
The event sparked controversy earlier last week when fans slammed Gascoigne’s management for allowing the former footballer, who has battled alcohol addiction, to go to a boozy party.
On Thursday his manager Shane Whitfield tweeted a picture of his client preparing to board a Ryanair flight with the caption: ‘Benidorm here we come’.
One concerned fan, Kelly Wood wrote: ‘Jeez, not the best place to take someone who really struggles. This is only going to go one way.’
People slammed Gascoigne’s management for allowing the retired footballer – who has battled alcohol addiction – to appear at a booze-fuelled event. But throughout the video he was seen sipping from a bottle of water
Paul Gascoigne is pictured on the tarmac in front of a Ryanair plane as he headed out to Benidorm
On TripAdvisor Pat B said: ‘Let’s hope he’s got good people looking after him.’
But in the video posted by the bar, Gazza is seen sipping from a bottle of water.
Gazza is set to appear at another event called ‘An Evening with Paul Gascoigne’ at the four-star Marina Hotel tomorrow.
Tickets are currently on sale for £44 but event website Round Town Travel boasts that VIP tickets are on sale £75 which include booze.
These include a ‘cava reception, meet and greet, framed photograph with Gazza, front row seats and after-party.’
MailOnline has contacted Paul Gascoigne’s management for comment.
Gazza is pictured on Good Morning Britain earlier this year ahead of his Tottenham Legends appearance in March