Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gazza Ends Up in Cells over Dust-Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gazza Ends Up in Cells over Dust-Up

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Byline: By Jamie Diffley

Sacked ex-star held after punch incident

Tormented Paul Gascoigne spent the night in the cells after an alleged assault.

The former England star was being questioned by police today following the dust-up near a Liverpool hotel.

Gascoigne was arrested hours after being sacked as Kettering Town boss just 39 days into the job.

The 38-year-old was in Liverpool to speak at a fundraising event for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

A Merseyside police spokesman said later: "A 38-year-old man was arrested following reports of an alleged assault outside the Hope Street Hotel last night.

"He is currently in custody at a police station in the city and will be interviewed by detectives."

It was reported that freelance photographer Steve Farrell made a complaint to police that he had been assaulted.

Farrell said he needed treatment from paramedics for a cut eye after he followed Gascoigne in the street along with several other photographers.

He said: "I said to Gazza, `You don't mind if we take your picture, do you?'

"He walked over and made like he was going to shake my hand and said, `No, but you don't mind this, do you?'

"Then he whacked me with a left hand. There was a cut above my eye and there was blood down the side of my face. It was a proper punch.

"His mates pulled him off and the worst thing was, Gazza just started laughing hysterically. He seemed to think it was hilarious."

The alleged assault followed Gascoigne's dismissal as manager of Nationwide Conference North side Kettering Town by the chairman Imraan Ladak. …

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