Friday 28 April 2017

Gascoigne 'thrown down stairs' in row

Paul Gascoigne reportedly needed hospital treatment following the incident at a hotel in east London Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Paul Gascoigne reportedly needed hospital treatment following the incident at a hotel in east London Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Sam Blewett

Former football star Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after an alcohol-fuelled fight at a hotel, it has been reported.

Gascoigne (49) was "racially abusing" customers at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, east London, and throwing money at them, according to a witness.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a disturbance at the hotel shortly after 6pm on Tuesday before a man was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Witness Alvin Carpio said the former England and Newcastle United player, who has long-battled alcoholism, appeared "very drunk".

He tweeted: "Gazza has just been kicked down the stairs by a guy whose friend got slapped by him. He really isn't in a good place.

"It's a sad state: He's been spitting, making racist remarks & groping women, all while throwing around £ notes.

"He was racially abusing my mates, and hitting one of them on the shoulder and head before throwing a £20 note on him."

Gascoigne's spokesman, Terry Baker, said the troubled star had been taken to hospital with a head wound, according to the 'Daily Mirror'.

"He hasn't been arrested. He's about to be released and sent home."

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "The man has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition."

No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.

Gascoigne was fined £1,000 (€1,170) in September for racially abusing a bodyguard employed to protect him.

Irish Independent

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