Gazza's family 'powerless' to help him

Paul Gascoigne’s family are “powerless” to help him as he continues to battle with alcoholism and depression, his daughter said today.

The troubled former England footballer was treated in hospital following an incident at a hotel in Knightsbridge, central London, on Sunday afternoon.

His daughter, Bianca Gascoigne, said today she had believed he was getting better before this “turn for the worst”.

Gascoigne, 40, has struggled for some time with alcoholism and depression.

In February he was detained under the Mental Health Act for two weeks after police were called to a Newcastle hotel following reports that he was acting erratically.

And at 3.15pm on Sunday officers were called to the Knightsbridge hotel after complaints that the ex-football star was behaving in a drunk and unpredictable manner.

Miss Gascoigne said in a statement today: “Over the last few months we have done everything in our power to try and get my dad through this hard time.

“In this time I have rebuilt bridges with him and spent a lot of time talking to him on the phone.

“I really thought that he was getting better, but at the weekend he took a turn for the worst.

“I have learnt that my dad is seriously ill and it is something we are powerless to control or to help with.

“We can be there to support him as a family but I sincerely hope that the rehab staff are able to help him on his road to recovery.

“I hope that everyone can respect the privacy we need while dealing with this together and we pray that he will overcome his troubles. My thoughts are with him.”

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