Fallen idol

Troubled Gazza on new drink-drive charge

October 11, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

England legend Paul Gascoigne is to face a drink-driving charge after he was arrested by police in Newcastle.

The 43-year-old, who has battled against a drink problem and underwent a 28-day rehab programme at the Sporting Chance Clinic, was stopped by officers in the Jesmond area of Newcastle on Friday afternoon.

Gascoigne was breathalysed and charged with drink-driving and will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on October 20.

The former Newcastle United, Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton player faces a separate drink-driving charge dating back to February, which will be heard next month.

Last week, Gascoigne was lined up to become boss of Garforth Town, in the Evo-Stik First Division North League, but he failed to turn up for the club's first match against Warrington Town and pulled out of the deal.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the Jesmond area at around 2.45pm on Friday October 8.

"He was charged with driving with excess alcohol and bailed to appear before Newcastle Magistrates on October 20."