29 Dec 2016

Gascoigne taken to hospital following scuffle

7:49 am on 29 December 2016

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been taken to hospital with a head injury following a fracas outside a London hotel.

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne.

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne. Photo: AFP

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a disturbance at London's Ace Hotel in Shoreditch on Tuesday night before a 49-year-old man was taken to hospital.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "The man has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition."

Witness Alvin Carpio said Gascoigne, who has faced a long struggle with alcoholism, was kicked down the stairs after an altercation with another guest.

Another witness posted on Facebook that it was "a shame" to see Gascoigne in such a state.

Gascoigne's spokesman, Terry Baker, confirmed to the Daily Mirror that Gascoigne was treated in hospital for a head wound.

"He hasn't been arrested. He's about to be released and sent home."

In September Gascoigne was fined £1000 after pleading guilty to racially aggravated abuse at his one-man show.