Gascoigne seeks help for alcoholism

AFP-JIJI

Paul Gascoigne has been admitted to a treatment center in the United States just 24 hours after his agent revealed the troubled former England star was losing his battle with alcoholism.

Gascoigne, who has struggled with alcohol problems for many years and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2008, was filmed sobbing and speaking incoherently at a charity event in Northampton on Thursday.

The footage, published by The Sun newspaper, prompted Gascoigne’s agent, Terry Baker, to say the 45-year-old needed immediate help and that, as an alcoholic, his life was “always in danger.”

“Alcoholic Paul Gascoigne has been experiencing a tough time of late,” the statement read. “He has been asking for help and has willingly been admitted to a treatment center in America.

“He has complex issues that are currently being dealt with by professionals. Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days. He is motivated to fully understand and control his addiction problem under guidance.”

Known to fans as “Gazza,” Gascoigne, a former Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers and Newcastle star, made 57 appearances for England and is considered one of the most talented English players ever.

He achieved legendary status for his exploits at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he helped England reach the semifinals before bursting into tears during the defeat against Germany after receiving a booking that would have ruled him out of the final.