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Gascoigne: Arsenal and Wenger gave me £50,000 for treatment

Former England and Spurs star Paul Gascoigne says Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger supported the 47-year-old.

Gascoigne received £50,000 from the North London club for hospital treatment.

The former midfielder was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in October, but says he is doing better now.

Paul Gascoigne has battled addiction for a long time. Credit: PA

"I rang up (Arsenal) physio Gary Lewin and told him I wasn't feeling great," Gascoigne told the Sun.

"He said to go to hospital as he feared it was pneumonia. Wenger then agreed to arrange £28,000 to pay for treatment. Arsenal also paid £22,000 when I had hip treatment."

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Messi not leaving says Barcelona president

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Leo Messi is happy at the Catalan club, claiming external bodies have been stirring up the rumours he wants to leave the Nou Camp.

The Argentine forward was recently quoted as saying he was open to the possibility of leaving, but Bartomeu has denied this.

Leo Messi is going nowhere, supposedly. Credit: PA

"Leo is under a lot of pressure off the field," Bartomeu told 8TV. "I have spoken with his father, Jorge, two days ago and my impression is that nothing has changed, he is happy at Barca, and his comments say that clearly - he wants to win everything.

"He has not asked us for a new contract. No, no. He is happy. From inside the club we will always help the player. [Former Barca coach Pep] Guardiola already said it a few years ago, Leo must be happy at Barca."

Wigan owner Whelan: I didn't mean any offence

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has apologised for his comments regarding Chinese and Jewish people.

In an interview with the Guardian, Whelan was asked to comment on new Wigan manager Malky Mackay's offensive text messages.

In reference to one message Whelan said: "I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else."

Dave Whelan has attracted controversy. Credit: PA

Since the publication of the interview, Whelan been forced to back track on his comments.

Whelan told Sky Sports News: "I would never, ever insult a Jewish person. I have got hundreds and hundreds of Jewish friends. I would never upset a Jewish person I would neve upset them because I hold them in the highest regard.

"If anyone takes offence to anything I have said, please accept my sincere apology. It's either a misquote or on that day I must have done 50 interviews.

"You can imagine how many times I've been on because of this case. I did not mean to insult any single person.

"The Chinese community - again, I've got loads of Chinese friends. I would never insult the Chinese. I know Malky Mackay insulted them and they take that name seriously. I understand their point of view completely. He apologised to them and I hope they accept that.

"I apologise on my behalf and on behalf of the club. We do not ever want to insult any nation or any person in the world."

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FA apologise for anti-IRA chanting

England were convincing winners over Scotland in Glasgow. Credit: PA

The Football Association has issued an apology after a section of England's supporters chanted an anti-IRA song throughout the first-half of Tuesday's international in Scotland.

A spokesman for the FA said: “We apologise for any offence caused by a section of the England support at the match with Scotland. The FA does not condone inappropriate and offensive chanting and intends to meet with supporters’ groups to discuss the wider issues.

“We have consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others - particularly from a religious or political perspective.

“With regard to the supporters’ band, there was contact during the match once the situation became clear. This is consistent with regular dialogue that takes place between the band and The FA.

“In also apologising, the band have given an explanation and confirmed they in no way endorse the chanting that occurred.”?

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