Our most gifted footballer is in need of friends and help

COMMENT: All agencies must to held to account for Anne Savidge’s tragic death

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Poor old Gazza. For me, he is the most gifted English footballer of all time.

Brazil had Pele, Argentina had Maradona and we had Paul Gascoigne.

Sadly, he was unable to fulfil his true potential due to his compulsive personality. The lifestyle of the rich and famous was clearly too much for him.

Surely we cannot let another great go the way of George Best.

For Gazza, alcohol seems to be an escape, a release. Petrified of flying, he would get drunk to control his nerves.

He reportedly sank shots of whisky with Rangers fans before a Celtic match.

Now he needs friends and guidance, not spongers and hangers-on. I just hope it’s not too late.