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Irani 'sad' about Gascoigne relapse

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

Ronnie Irani was one of many who financially supported Gascoigne's 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 46-year-old ex-England and Newcastle player collapsed outside the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square, according to reports.

Onlookers said Gascoigne had staggered into a hotel "extremely drunk" before he broke down in tears and asked people to take him to his ex-wife Sheryl, The Sun reported.

One onlooker told the newspaper there was "hundreds of pounds worth in notes falling out of his pockets" and he had two bottles of gin, one of which was reported to be empty.

A Met Police spokesman said: "We were called on Monday July 8 at about 4.45pm with reports of a man causing a disturbance at a hotel in Russell Square. Officers from Camden borough attended.

"The man was taken to a central London hospital by the London Ambulance Service. There were no arrests."

The incident follows Gascoigne's arrest last week for an alleged drunken assault at Stevenage station. The Daily Mirror reported that Gascoigne grabbed a security guard by the throat before attacking Ms Gascoigne when she tried to step in. He was later released without charge.

Australian backpacker Daniel Stubbe, 27, told the Daily Mirror he saw Gascoigne slumped on the ground outside the hotel.

He said: "He had a stick or a crutch and we thought he was just this old disabled guy. Then he went down and was wrapped around a bollard. I didn't see him fall, just lying there out cold. He looked so old and so ill."


From Belfast Telegraph