Legendary footballer Gascoigne thinks Gaza news about him

The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne nicknamed Gazza says he used to consider stories on Gaza Strip about him

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, also known as Gazza, thought the Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries, were about him.

Gascoigne has struggled with drug addiction and mental illness for years.

Recently at an interview, he revealed that he feared stories about the Gaza Strip on the news were about him.

Gascoigne had an amazing football career in the 90s. He was transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to Italian club Lazio in 1992 for a record-breaking $13.5 million (£8.5 million) .

But in his private life he had to to cope with mental illness, and alcohol and drug addiction.

He was about to be sectioned by his family when he thought his phone was being hacked.

However, it turned out that his suspicions were founded. He was among celebrities to win damages for phone hacking by the Mirror Group Newspaper.

Gascoigne gave an interview to Press Association revealing how he became so paranoid about his portrayal in the news when hearing reports of the Gaza Strip last summer.

More than 2,300 Palestinians killed  and more than 17,000 injured, by the Israelis, according to annual report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in 2014, summer, during 50 days of violence.

When hearing the terrifying news about Gaza, the ex-footballer would think it was another negative story about him.

The footballer said: "I had a great career. There's been parts since I stopped playing that I've really enjoyed, and then I get knocked down again for no reason. Sometimes it's got to the stage now where I hate Saturday nights, because no one knows what's coming in the papers on Sunday.”

Gascoigne added: "I tell you what was the worst one, the Gaza Strip. You know the term the Gaza Strip, remember that? That was murder for me.

“I'd be sitting there having a shave and that, and the news would come on 'And the Gazza...' and I'd be like 'What's that?!' and I realised it was the Gaza Strip. I couldn't wait for that to end."

The former footballer is now the subject of the new film called Gascoigne, which will premiere in London on Monday.

"I'm pleased it's out. I haven't seen it. I know what it's like 'cause I lived it. So it will be very emotional watching it," he said.

Featuring Gary Lineker, the film celebrates Gascoigne’s football skills.

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