Professional Footballers' Association 'trying' to help Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne
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PFA chairman Gordon Taylor says that the organisation will offer help to Paul Gascoigne, who has had a long battle with alcoholism and drug use.

Professional Footballers' Association chairman Gordon Taylor has revealed that the organisation have been in contact with retired player Paul Gascoigne in a bid to help him battle alcoholism.

The 45-year-old former England international was caught on video slurring his words to a crowd in Northampton during 'An Evening with Paul Gascoigne' at the Park Inn hotel.

The public appearance prompted his agent Terry Baker to admit that he fears for the life of the ex-Newcastle United star, who has had a long battle with alcohol and drug use.

Taylor, who has vowed to give Gascoigne support, believes that the retired midfielder could suffer a similar fate to George Best, who died of multiple organ failure due to years of drinking.

"We have tried to support him throughout all his problems with rehabilitation at various clinics, with medical help," the Daily Mail quotes Taylor as saying. "We are in regular touch with him and have been again.

"We go one step forward and two back at times and this is just the situation. If we are not careful, it is going to be akin to George Best. It is unfortunate, but we try to keep going."

Gascoigne currently lives in Bournemouth.

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