The advice came from Peter Mikkelsen, the Danish official who refereed the Glasgow club's 2-1 victory over Hvidovre in Copenhagen on Wednesday and was not enamoured by Gascoigne's lack of control. Twice he was fouled from behind, and on each occasion he reacted with flailing elbows.
"It was a friendly," Mikk-elsen, who has officiated in two World Cups, said, "so I felt it was my job to warn him what might happen in a serious fixture. If he hits someone like that you would need to send him off. He must respect referees, but equally they must give him protection."
In a close season where the transfer flow has generally been in the inward direction, Dalian Atkinson went the opposite way yesterday, joining the Turkish club Fenerbahce for pounds 1.7m. He has signed a one-year deal after being restricted to 11 Premiership starts for Aston Villa last season.
Sheffield Wednesday have made an inquiry about Everton's right-back Matthew Jackson, but received little encouragement. "I don't want him to leave," Joe Royle, the Goodison manager, said.
Bruce Grobbelaar, charged with match-fixing this week, received some good news yesterday when Zimbabwe immigration officials cleared him of breaking citizenship laws. This will allow him to play against Cameroon in an African Nations Cup tie on Sunday.
George Graham has still not received a report from the Football Association, a fortnight after receiving a 12-month ban for transfer irregularities. The former Arsenal manager has 14 days in which to appeal once he gets a review of the decision, but that will not reach his solicitors until next week.
One manager parting company with his club yesterday was John Layton, who left Hereford after contract talks broke down. Dick Bate, the coach, has taken charge on a temporary basis.
Ryan Giggs will remain in England while Manchester United fly out for their tour of Malaysia today, after suffering a slight groin strain.Reuse content