Paul Gascoigne: Don't Give Me Drinks, Give Me Love
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Soccer legend Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne is asking his fans to help him in his struggle with alcoholism by giving him love, not drinks. Gascoigne, 46, was the great hope of English soccer back in the '90s, thanks to his brilliance on the ball and some stellar international performances. He also has a long history of drinking problems. After he showed up shaking and rambling drunk to a charity event in February this year, fellow soccer stars and celebrities chipped in to pay for his stay at a rehab in Arizona—seemingly to no avail, as he was arrested after an alleged drunken assault in the UK earlier this month. Fans and bartenders, apparently all-too-eager to have a pint with the former Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers midfielder, haven't exactly been helpful. “The trouble is the ego-trip that goes with having a beer with Paul Gascoigne or serving him,” says his friend, Ronnie Irani. “It’s so wrong in so many ways but clearly for some people the temptation is too much.” The British tabloid The Sun has published a cut-out plea for pub owners, shopkeepers and fans not to serve Gazza drinks, and the star himself is standing behind it. “The Sun was right urging people to stop serving me. It’s up to me to turn my life around but I need constant help and support,” he says. “Instead of buying me booze, people should just give me love and encourage me to keep going. It may seem like a little thing but it means so much.”