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Gazza's Battle Continues

Gazza's Battle Continues

Once you become an alcoholic you never stop being one but you do battle against this illness. Some can manage this better than others with Paul Gascoigne - a player I idolised as a youngster - unfortunately one of those that's struggled.

Gazza's battled against alcohol addition for well over 20 years with his problems intensifying since playing days ended. This has seen him undergo rehab several times including a spell in a clinic in Arizona as well as spells in high profile clinics in Southampton and Bournemouth.

The England hero from Italia 90 - where he rose to European acclaim and his problems really seemed to start - has returned to rehab with it revealed he's looking to 'get free of his demons' once and for all.

He's struggled to cope with the death of his nephew Jay Kerrigan-Gascoigne who had battled mental health issues before he was found dead in his Gateshead home last year.

A1 Sporting Speakers are his representatives with them issuing a statement from spokesman Terry Baker on Facebook. This - via the BBC - read:

'Paul wants to let everyone know that he has gone into rehab. We have spent nearly every day helping him through his annus horribilis since Jay passed away. He is making a serious effort to get free of his demons and trying to become alcohol free for 2017. I'm not religious at all but if any of you are, say a prayer for him.'

Gazza was capped 57 times by England - had it not been for injury and his off the field problems he would have won many more I'm sure - during his days with the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers.

Recently Gazza had claimed he was kicked down the stairs of London hotel that resulted in him sustaining a fractured skull and breaking two fingers.

I sincerely hope Gazza can overcome his troubles once and for all to have a positive future but in all honesty I'll be surprised if he can...

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Writer:Rug
Date:Monday January 9 2017
Time: 2:00PM

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