Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

My Tears at Aids Claims

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

My Tears at Aids Claims

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Byline: By Tbeth Neil

Ex-Newcastle United and England footb- all star Paul Gascoigne has revealed his anguish at claims he is suffering from Aids.

Gazza said the untrue report had placed a huge strain on his family over the past week.

And he revealed how his eight-year-old son Regan had been bullied in the school playground.

Visibly upset, Gazza, who has just come out of hospital after recovering from pneumonia, described his anger that his family had been hurt by the lies.

He said: "The last week has been hell, absolutely horrendous.

"People forget that it's not just me they're hurting.

"I've got a mam and dad who have been really upset.

"And my kids have to go to school and put up with the other children picking on them, saying `your dad's got Aids'.

"Why should they have to go through that? It's just not fair and I'm not having it."

Ironically, the article, which claimed Gazza was stricken with panic fearing he had the virus, came at a time when the Dunston-born player was getting back on his feet after a difficult past few weeks.

He said: "I was feeling really good in myself and then they go and print a horrible story like that.

"People have been supportive, but to be honest, it's extremely embarrassing for me.

"It's not nice at all. It makes me feel sick.

"I don't mean any disrespect to those people who have got HIV or Aids. But I haven't got it. To suggest I have is completely wrong."

Sipping a diet coke at the glitzy launch of Shearer's Bar at St James' Park, Gazza, who was famously described by Sir Bobby Robson as being as daft as a brush, looked slim and tanned.

His healthy appearance belied recent years which have seen him battle against drink and drugs.

At one point he was drinking up to three bottles of whisky a day.

In his best-selling autobiography, Gazza: My Story, he wrote frankly about his alcoholism, marriage breakdown, deep depression, obsessional tics and twitches and the millions he made and squandered. …

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