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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Birthday Boy Wants Plane Bash Probed

LONDON -- Paul Gascoigne, birthday boy at the center of the England team's rowdy return flight from Hong Kong in which two airline television sets and a table were smashed, has said he welcomes a Football Association inquiry into the incident.


Reports said $7,500 damage was done to the Cathay Pacific jumbo jet that carried the English team home while it was celebrating Gascoigne's 29th birthday.


According to the Sun tabloid, Gascoigne kicked the television sets with a kung-fu style kick.


"I'm glad there's going to be an investigation," Gascoigne told his agent, Mel Stein, on Wednesday.


Stein said Gascoigne would cooperate fully with the inquiry so he can put forward his own point of view.


Stein added the star had taken the day off and gone fishing with his friends.


Lawmakers have reacted angrily to the decision of England coach Terry Venables to put off his own investigation into the incident until he returns from a scouting trip to Switzerland on Sunday night.


"If there has been hooliganism on the part of any member of the England squad then he should be disciplined as soon as possible," said Menzies Campbell, sports spokesman for the Liberal Democrats.


Labour's Andrew MacKinlay said the incident had plunged English soccer into "a very grave situation."