Gascoigne’s appearance on Soccer AM cut short due to ill health

Paul Gascoigne denies ‘drunk’ claims as he insists appearance on Soccer AM was cut short because of ‘sleeping tablets’ as viewers express concern over legend’s welfare

  • Paul Gascoigne had his Soccer AM appearance cut short on Saturday morning
  • The England legend ‘was not feeling wonderful’ as he failed to return in part two 
  • Viewers were growing concerned for his welfare as he appeared to slur speech 
  • He said he had taken sleeping tablets and there was no reason for concern

Paul Gascoigne revealed the reason his appearance on Soccer AM was cut short on Saturday morning was due to him taking sleeping tablets, after fans expressed their concern after he appeared to be slurring his speech on the cult football show.

The former Tottenham and England midfielder was chatting to hosts Jimmy Bullard, Lloyd Griffith and John Fendley.

But the 51-year-old did not look himself and having been on the sofa for the first 45 minutes of the programme, he failed to reappear as the show informed viewers he was ‘not feeling wonderful’.

Paul Gascoinge’s Soccer AM appearance was cut short on Saturday morning due to ill health

The 51-year-old looked uneasy and many were concerned as he looked to be slurring speech

After appearing in part one, the show eventually confirmed he had gone after feeling unwell


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Host Fendley said: ‘Gazza was here earlier but he was not feeling wonderful, he’s left us and we’ll catch up with him very soon. We wish you all the very best mate!’  

But with a number of theories surrounding his departure, Gascoigne explained what had happened on his official twitter account.

‘Ha just read some of the tweets some say I’m looking well others say it’s the best they’ve seen me and others are saying i was drunk it’s every time I’m doing well that’s ok I been taking sleeping tablets to try kip that all love GAZZA xxxx,’ he wrote.

Gascoigne has battled addiction to drink and drugs as well as suffering from various mental health issues in recent years.

The former midfielder explained his exit after the show had finished on his official twitter page

Fans took to social media to quickly express their concern for the England legend’s welfare

One user sent best wishes to the 51-year-old after his departure from Soccer AM

Earlier in the show ‘Gazza’ appeared in high spirits but appeared to deteriorate thereafter

But fans of ‘Gazza’ quickly took to social media to express their sadness at the star’s plight and were wishing him a speedy recovery.

One user wrote: ‘#SoccerAM need to get Gascoigne off here. He’s clearly not right at all.’

Earlier in the show, the 51-year-old was shown a montage of his best goals during his career and he was asked how he was feeling before discussing a recent charity match.

‘I’m 5ft 9′,’ he joked. ‘I’m buzzing, I’m happy.’   

The remainder of the show featured a number of elements surrounding ‘Gazza’ with one sketch showing Bullard recreating one of the midfielder’s famous goals. 

Sportsmail have contacted his representative for a comment. 


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