Gascoigne shaky appearance sparks renewed health fears
By Steve Douglas ,APLONDON -- His hands shaking uncontrollably and a stream of swear words tumbling out of his mouth, it was a very different “Gazza” to the man who wowed a global audience at the 1990 World Cup.
February 6, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Paul Gascoigne's appearance at a charity event has sparked renewed fears about the health of one of England's most talented and popular soccer players, with some are even saying his life is in danger.
“He sounds as if he needs almost a 24-hour watching brief at the moment,” Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballer's Association, said Monday.
Gascoigne has been plagued by alcohol and mental-health problems since quitting the game in 2005. But he had been keeping a relatively low profile over the past two years until he made a public appearance at an event in Northampton, central England — footage of which was showed on the website of British newspaper The Sun at the weekend.
In a question-and-answer session in front of what appeared to be a raucous crowd, the 45-year-old Gascoigne struggled to hold onto the microphone and slurred his words. The audience cheered every answer but the sadness soon hit home as he began to sob.
“I've had a (expletive) hard month — (expletive) hell,” said Gascoigne, who later added that he had been on a “whisky diet.”
His agent, Terry Baker, said Gascoigne had been drinking again and didn't know he was shaking during the event.