Ex-English footballer Paul Gascoigne is out of the mental ward where he has been having treatment for booze and drugs. Sent for treatment following recent erratic behaviour, this was the latest episode in a catalogue of futility.
No doubt some high-profile footballers can take the influence, celebrity and ego that goes with the job, but Gascoigne was one of those failures that give football a deserved bad name.
As all but one Premiership team are our of the FA Cup this year, it may be time to remember Gazza, and ask, is top rank football a sport, or a business geared to the cult, and lifestyle, of celebrity?
As the Premiership teams are beginning to show – and England has shown for years – the two don’t mix.
© Anthony North, March 2008
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