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Gazza sectioned for second time

Paul Gascoigne
Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England in a 10-year period

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been detained overnight under the Mental Health Act.

Police confirmed he was taken to hospital on Sunday after reports he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead. He was released on Monday.

A police spokesman said Gascoigne had approached a member of the public and appeared to be unwell and in an agitated state.

He was also detained in February after an incident at a Tyneside hotel.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called just after 12.30pm on Sunday following a report that a 42-year-old man had approached a member of the public who was unknown to him, appearing unwell and in an agitated state.

"Officers arrived and accompanied the man to hospital so he could be checked over. He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act."

Highs and lows

A spokesman later said: "The man is no longer sectioned. Police believe he is no longer in hospital care."

The ex-midfielder, who has battled with alcohol and health problems, was treated at Middleton St George Hospital in Darlington for two weeks following February's hotel incident.

In January 2005, Gascoigne - nicknamed Gazza during his football career - was hospitalised with pneumonia and last year he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer after being taken ill while he was celebrating his 40th birthday.

And in the same year he was arrested for an alleged assault on a photographer outside a Liverpool city centre hotel. The charges were later dropped.

A former player with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough, Gascoigne was sacked after 39 days as manager of Kettering Town in 2005.

During his football career he was capped 57 times for England.




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