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Don’t Die Paul Gascoigne

by | 4th, June 2008

euro2008.jpgPAUL Gascoigne, don’t die!

That’s the tabloids’ cri de coeur this morning as the Mirror (“GAZZA LOCKED UP FOR HIS WON SAFETY”), Sun (“QUIT BOOZE OR YOU’LL DIE GAZZA”) and Star (“GAZZA LOCKED UP IN ASYLUM FOR 3 MONTHS”), lead with news of the “troubled” (all papers) former England footballer.

It’s usually the job of columnists to lament the tragic decline of the footballing “genius” who rarely if ever spoke a sentient word, but life after the game is tough, and there is no shortage of former players lining up to kick start their media careers with a few words about poor Gazza.

Says the Mirror: “Paul Gascoigne’s old team-mate Gary Mabbutt told of his relief last night as the troubled star was sectioned for three months – adding: ‘It sounds extreme but it’s what he needs.’”

In the Sun, Terry Venables, who coached Gazza in the 1990s, “decided to speak out in The Sun in a bid to save his pal”. Says Venables, who once had a column in the paper: “Something had to be done. I can’t stand by and let it run until we all end up at his funeral.”

Indeed, if Gazza dies, what will the sports hacks have to write about?

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