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The Sun says it saved Paul Gascoigne’s life – what utter bollocks

by | 11th, March 2013

Gazza rehab

IT’S day 2 of the Sun’s look at Paul Gascoigne, the alcoholic former England footballer whose life was saved by medics in America. Today, the Sun leads with news that Gazza was saved by a plea from Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager for whom the footballer never played.

Ferguson added his thoughts and good wishes on a DVD sent to Gascoigne. Others on the video include: Lord Alan Sugar, Paul Merson, David Moyes, David Ginola, Walter Smith, Bill Kenwright, Chris Evans, Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson, the current England manager. Oh, and Gascoigne’s mother, who “sobbed as she begged him to survive”, his dad, his sisters and his nephews. Says Gazza: “That DVD helped save my life.”

So. Not quite the headline:

Sir Alex Ferguson saved my life with DVD message of support, says Gazza

Gascoigne’s story is peppered with the Sun claiming glory for the new chipper Gazza:

“The mission was prompted by the Sun’s choking footage of stricken Gascoigne at a January charity bash where he could not stand or speak”

You see, you weren’t looking at the former footballer being a fool. You were looking in at the Sun’s therapy centre.

One Sun reader didn’t understand the paper’s noble intentions:

Humiliation of the man at his most vulnerable, just like they did with Besty … The folk that do this kind of thing are weak and pathetic inside, you know the sort who attack and shame when someone is down? Still it gets a story doesn’t it? Point a finger and there’s usually 3 pointing back … at YOU!

That video was published on the Sun’s website on February 5 2013.

gascoigne drunk

One day earlier, on February 4, 2013, the BBC told us:

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been admitted to a treatment centre in the US. The 45-year-old has willingly gone to an unnamed centre, his management company confirmed.

The former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio player has battled with alcoholism since giving up football. A recent appearance at a charity event, when he broke down sobbing on stage, sparked widespread concern.

In a statement, GamePlan Solutions said that Paul Gascoigne was an alcoholic with “complex issues”, which were being dealt with by professionals.

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