Former footballer Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after an alcohol-fuelled fight at a hotel, it has been reported.
According to a witness, Gascoigne, 49, was ‘racially abusing’ customers at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, east London, and throwing money at them.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were called to a disturbance at the hotel shortly after 6pm on Tuesday December 27 before a 49-year-old man was taken to hospital with a head injury.
Witness Alvin Carpio said the former England and Newcastle United striker, who has long-battled alcoholism, appeared ‘very drunk’ during the altercation.
He tweeted: ‘Gazza has just been kicked down the stairs by a guy whose friend got slapped by him. He really isn’t in a good place.
‘It’s a sad state: He’s been spitting, making racist remarks & groping women, all while throwing around £ notes.
‘He was racially abusing my mates, and hitting one of them on the shoulder and head before throwing a £20 note on him.’
Gascoigne’s spokesman, Terry Baker, said the troubled star had been taken to hospital with a head wound.
Mr Baker added: ‘He hasn’t been arrested. He’s about to be released and sent home.’
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A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: ‘The man has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.’
No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing, she added.
Gascoigne was fined £1,000 at Dudley Magistrates’ Court in September after racially abusing a bodyguard who was employed to protect him.