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Football: Ex-Man United goalkeeper calls for help for troubled Gascoigne

Published on Feb 3, 2013 8:34 PM
 
Paul Gascoigne waving to supporters prior the group J Europa League football match between Lazio and Tottenham at the Olympic stadium in Rome, on Nov 22, 2012. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has urged the Professional Footballers' Association to help troubled former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne overcome his personal problems.  -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has urged the Professional Footballers' Association to help troubled former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne overcome his personal problems.

Gascoigne, 45, has been battling alcoholism and drug abuse for the past decade.

"This is not fun watching. Gazza needs help. Come on PFA & (PFA chief executive) Gordon Taylor, time to step up," Schmeichel wrote on Twitter after Gascoigne's agent Terry Baker told BBC radio on Saturday that the former Newcastle United, Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers star urgently needs help.

After photos appeared in the tabloid media showing Gascoigne looking the worse for wear at a charity appearance, Schmeichel added: "We are all responsible for how we live our lives. But that doesn't mean we can't step in and help, and I think the footballing community, as the family we at times claim to be, must do more to help Gazza and others like him.

 
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