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The New Best Man

by | 7th, December 2005

‘AS it was with Princess Di, so it is with George Best, whose bodiless head hangs on the front-page of the Sun..

A crying shame

Like Di, Best is the celebrity that will not go peacefully. And here he is, appearing as a ghostly warning to Paul Gascoigne to “Get help now…or end up like Bestie.” This is a “WARNING TO GAZZA”.

It’s a similar thing on the cover of the Mirror, although with no picture of Best. There’s a looming shot of Paul Gascoigne, newly freed on bail from 14 hours in police custody on an allegation that he assaulted a photographer.

And here’s the headline: “I’M NO BESTIE.” Gazza’s not wrong. Whereas Best only inflicted damage on his own liver, and latterly one borrowed from a donor, the allegation is that Gazza has wounded the face of one Steve Farrell.

The other key difference is that, as the Mirror’s front-page shot reveals, Gazza is not Best yellow but red in the face.

But this is the tale of a former top footballer who likes a drink, and the temptation to draw parallels with Best is too great for the papers to ignore.

Although Gazza tells the Mirror, “I’m not like him [Best]. I’ve

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