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Gazza's pal 'so sad' at his relapse

By Catherine Wylie and David Mercer

The former England cricketer who arranged Paul Gascoigne's flights to a US rehab clinic said he was "disappointed" at the former football player's latest relapse.

Ronnie Irani was one of many who financially supported Gascoigne's (46) bid for recovery at a clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this year, and he has spoken out about the troubled football star who was rushed to hospital after police were called to a disturbance at a London hotel on Monday.

The ex-England and Newcastle player collapsed outside the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square, according to reports.

Irani said: "As you know, we're disappointed. It's very sad, but when it comes to relapse, some people who are alcoholics can relapse 50 to 100 times."

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