Paul Gascoigne was reportedly tackled by a security guard when he was leaving a supermarket. The reason? He took a bottle of wine without paying for it.
The Daily Mirror reports the 52-year-old retired footballer ends up saying he was sorry and returned to the store to pay for the drink. This isn’t something new for Gazza, as he has had his problems with drinking in the past, even when he was still active.
He’s occasionally shown signs of recovery in recent years, but this is another proof that his problem continues.
We don’t know how serious this is, though, with the Mirror reporting that neither he nor anyone else there was willing to provide a detailed comment on the matter.
A spokesman of the supermarket said:
“We respect the privacy of our customers and we have no information to provide.”
A witness told the Mirror:
“I walked into the shop then saw Gazza outside.
“He walked in behind another man who picked a bottle of red wine up from a shelf and headed towards the checkouts.
“But while he was queueing, Gazza took the bottle of wine out of his hand and walked out of the shop without paying.
“It’s only a very small store so the security guard had seen everything.
“He followed him straight out and said to him, ‘You can’t do that’. That’s when I started taking pictures.
“It was agreed that as Gazza had apologized, that if he came back into the store and paid for the bottle he’d be let off.
“After a discussion, he went back in and paid for the bottle in cash. It was about £9.”
Good thing it all was solved, but the whole situation could be avoided.