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Gazza in hospital after crash

LONDON, June 14 – Former England star Paul Gascoigne has been taken to hospital after a car crash in Newcastle.Gascoigne, who played for Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers among others in an illustrious career, needed treatment but is said to be comfortable following the incident on Sunday in the city’s Quayside area.

The 43-year-old, who became a global star after his performances at the 1990 World Cup, was a passenger in a car which is believed to have left the road before hitting a signpost.

Gascoigne’s injuries were described as "serious but not life-threatening" and a 36-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

A spokeswoman for Newcastle General Hospital said: "He’s in hospital and he was brought in following a car accident.

"We are not commenting further but he is in a comfortable condition."

A Northumbria Police spokesman added: "A female driver and two male passengers were taken to hospital with injuries which were not described as life-threatening.

"A 36-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and bailed pending further inquiries.

"The condition of the two men in hospital has been described as serious but not life-threatening. The woman has been discharged."

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Since quitting football in 2004, Gascoigne has been blighted by drink problems and was arrested twice in two days for alcohol-related crimes in February.

He will stand trial in late July accused of driving while more than four times over the legal alcohol limit.

Gascoigne pleaded not guilty to the drink-driving charge and also denied driving without insurance during his recent appearance before magistrates in North Yorkshire.

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