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Wednesday, August 12, 1998 Published at 05:15 GMT 06:15 UK


Sheryl tipped for 'quickie' divorce from Gazza

How the Sun newspaper reports Sheryl's imminent divorce from Gazza

The estranged wife of football star Paul Gascoigne is to divorce him within days, it has been reported.

Sheryl Kyle, 33, is expected to be granted a decree nisi on grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

Her lawyers are negotiating a financial settlement with the 31-year-old Middlesbrough and England player, according to the Sun newspaper.

[ image: Gazza and Sheryl went on holiday to Florida together in June, but there was no reconciliation]
Gazza and Sheryl went on holiday to Florida together in June, but there was no reconciliation
A full divorce will automatically go through six weeks later.

The two went on holiday to Florida together in June, leading to speculation that a reconciliation was in the offing. But the Sun reports that Ms Kyle is unable to tolerate any longer Gazza's drinking and violent outbursts, and has concluded he will not change.

Ms Kyle, who has two other children from a previous marriage, is expected to be granted custody of the couple's two-year-old son.

Latest in a string of blows

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The news came a day after England coach Glenn Hoddle said Mr Gascoigne "went mad" when he told him he was not putting him in the World Cup squad.

The news is the latest blow in a string of knocks for Paul Gascoigne.

Not long after he first became a national hero to football fans and non-fans alike after bursting into tears at being given a yellow card during the 1990 World Cup quarter finals, he ruptured ligaments in his right knee after a reckless tackle during the 1991 FA cup final.

[ image: Gazza was dogged by fitness problems after a knee injury from a reckless tackle in 1991]
Gazza was dogged by fitness problems after a knee injury from a reckless tackle in 1991
The injury took him out of the game for 18 months, and he went on to be dogged by recurring health problems. Following a period of weight and knee trouble he broke his leg while training in April 1994.

Violence on and off the pitch

As well as injury problems his own behaviour got him into trouble. The Scottish FA censured after he mimed playing a flute during a game between Rangers - who he signed to in June 1995 - and Celtic. The flute-playing, a protestant symbol, was taken as offensive by Celtic's mainly Catholic supporters.

Last year he received a five-match ban for violent conduct.

His relationship with his wife, who he married in July 1997, was no less troubled than his football career. Just a few months after their honeymoon Ms Kyle was photographed with a black eye, bruised face, one arm in a sling and dislocated fingers.

Mr Gascoigne admitted that he repeatedly beat her, and has called himself "a disgrace" for it. Ms Kyle filed for divorced exactly one year after their wedding.

Drinking sessions

[ image: Drinking pals: Baker, Evans and Gazza pictured on one of their notorious drinking sessions]
Drinking pals: Baker, Evans and Gazza pictured on one of their notorious drinking sessions
His personal life intruded into his football and newspapers paid great attention to his off-the-pitch social life. He was often being pictured out on drinking dates with friends.

Not long before Glenn Hoddle made the decision to leave him out of the England World Cup squad, Mr Gascoigne was seen out on a lengthy pub crawl with the radio presenter Chris Evans and sports writer Danny Baker.

A drinking session with Mr Evans and the rock star Rod Stewart followed soon after.

[ image: England coach Hoddle eventually did what newspaper editorials had demanded]
England coach Hoddle eventually did what newspaper editorials had demanded
Just one day later he was caught on camera eating a kebab at 1.30am at a time when he was meant to be getting into shape. Newspaper editorials demanded he be dropped from the England squad

Mr Hoddle's decision to do just that signalled the end of the footballer's World Cup career.

The latest newspaper reports to feature him indicate his marriage has gone the same way.

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