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Steve Wraith: I was concerned about Gazza interview

A close friend of Paul Gascoigne said he was concerned it may have been too soon for the former Newcastle footballer to give interviews on his 'blip' with his recovery from alcoholism.

The football Newcastle United and England legend, who has had a drink problem for more than twenty years, gave an exclusive interview to Good Morning Britain about the support he has dealing with the illness.

Gascoigne said he is back to his best after he was recently pictured looking battered and bruised while suffering a relapse.

But his friend Steve Wraith, who is managing director of sporting promotion company Newcastle Legends, said although Gazza looked well he is worried that mentally he is still very raw.

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Former Newcastle legend 'Gazza' says people 'text him to see if he is dead'

Speaking exclusively to ITV's Good Morning Britain, former Newcastle and England star Paul Gascoigne admitted recent pictures of him with cuts to his face were the result of him having suffered a 'blip' in his battle against alcoholism.

He said other that that he was 'really good' and the public has been 'brilliant' with him.

He joked that some people can't believe he is still alive, and he even gets text messages asking him if he's dead.

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Messages of support for Gazza after appearance on Good Morning Britain

Celebrities and members of the public have been tweeting messages of support after former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain to talk about his recent relapse in his battle against alcoholism.

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Gazza tells Good Morning Britain: "My last relapse was a blip"

Former Newcastle and England star Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne Credit: PA

The former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been speaking to Good Morning Britain live this morning, and says he is "doing alright".

He appeared on the sofa just after 8.10am (WED).

Talking about recent photos of him in the papers, which showed him clutching a bottle of alcohol with cuts to his face, he admitted they were the result of a recent "blip" in his battle against alcoholism.

He went on to admit he found it hard to come to terms with the fact that he is "never allowed to get on with his illness" due to attention from the press.

He said he really wanted to stop drinking, and no longer blamed other people for his relapses as he tries to beat his addiction.

Talking to presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on the sofa, he said sometimes the temptation to drink was so overwhelming he just had to have "a drink" and "get it over with".

The 48-year-old went on to say that it was sometimes helpful to see pictures of him in the press after a relapse, as it "helps him realise how bad he is".

Speaking about the public's support he said they were 'brilliant' with him, and he even feels 'embarrassed' as a result of the all the support he has received.

He said there are "lots of people out there facing this battle on the streets that don't get the help and support that I do".

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne, lifting the cup during the Bobby Robson Trophy match at St James Park in 2009. Credit: PA

Newcastle earn precious point against Manchester City

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero's 100th Barclays Premier League goal was not enough to see off battling Newcastle as the Magpies banked another precious point towards their survival fund.

The Argentina international glanced home an 15th-minute header, albeit one which should have been ruled out for offside, to reach his century in 147 appearances, a feat bettered only by Geordie hero Alan Shearer.

However, a 31st-minute equaliser from Vurnon Anita snatched a 1-1 draw which leaves City five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United and Rafael Benitez's men two from safety with four games remaining.

Having taken the decision to drop January signing Jonjo Shelvey for Saturday's victory over Swansea, Benitez sent summer acquisition Georginio Wijnaldum to join him on the bench, the first league game the Dutchman had failed to start this season.

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But with Vincent Kompany back at the heart of the City defence, the victory the Spaniard so desperately needed looked a tall order, and the task became even sterner within 15 minutes of kick-off. The visitors, not unsurprisingly, had enjoyed the greater share of the possession, and although Papiss Cisse had headed over from an inviting fourth-minute Andros Townsend cross, they took the lead in controversial circumstances.

Townsend was aggrieved to have been penalised for his challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov, and his disappointment increased markedly when the Serbia international drilled the resulting free-kick to the near post and Aguero rose to glance it past keeper Karl Darlow with the officials failing to spot that he did so from an offside position.

Kevin de Bruyne was at the centre of most of City's best work as they looked to kill the game off as quickly as possible, although he blazed wastefully wide after Jamaal Lascelles' misplaced 23rd-minute pass.

But Newcastle eventually responded and should have been level six minutes later when skipper Moussa Sissoko ran on to Kolarov's equally ill-judged pass and burst past Kompany, only to shoot tamely at keeper Joe Hart.

But the Frenchman did play a key role as the home side got themselves back on terms 14 minutes before the break. He collected Townsend's pass on the left and floated a crossfield ball out towards Anita, who cushioned it into his path before cutting inside and drilling left-footed past Hart and in off the base of the far post.

Ayoze Perez found himself completely unmarked inside the visitors' penalty area three minutes after the restart, but he could just not climb high enough to meet Townsend's clever free-kick.

Aguero saw muted penalty appeals waved away after he went to ground under Chancel Mbemba's challenge two minutes later and Darlow got down well to turn away Jesus Navas' strike as City slipped into top gear once again.

It took a brave header from Pablo Zabaleta to deny substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic as he tried to get on the end of Townsend's cross after Cheick Tiote and Sissoko launched a lightning break on the hour, but Darlow needed two attempts to collect Aguero's snapshot as City hit back three minutes later.

Darlow had to beat away De Bruyne's blistering 74th-minute drive as the game entered its final stages, but Magpies substitute Wijnaldum might have won it at the death after robbing Kolarov, only to be denied by Hart.

Derby helper will lead out NUFC at St James' Park

It's a big day for Tyler who will lead out Newcastle United at their home game tonight. He was given the opportunity after helping Northumbria Police with the derby clean up operation.

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Gutierrez: Fans organisation calls for NUFC apology

An organisation representing Newcastle United fans is calling for the club to apologise to Jonas Gutierrez.

The former player won his employment tribunal case for disability discrimination.

The tribunal found that he had been dropped from the side because of his diagnosis with testicular cancer in 2013. Newcastle United say they are 'dismayed' by the outcome - and are consulting their legal team.

Norman Watson, Chairman of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust says a lack of apology is absolutely appalling and brings the good name of the club further into the mire.

Club reacts to Gutierrez tribunal win

The tribunal has now given its decision in the case brought against the club by Jonas Gutierrez. It found for him on two of the four heads of claim.

We recognise that the task facing the tribunal was a difficult one, but we are dismayed by its decision. We will now take time to consider the judgment in full and consult with our legal team to understand the options available to us."

– NUFC statement
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'Inconsistency' in Alan Pardew's evidence 'undermined his credibility'

Alan Pardew managed Newcastle United between December 2010 and December 2014 Credit: PA

An employment tribunal has said some evidence given by the club's former manager Alan Pardew in a discrimination case brought by ex-player Jonas Gutierrez was 'inconsistent' and 'undermined his credibility'.

The club's former manager John Carver and club chief executive Lee Charnley also gave their accounts of what had happened.

The tribunal's three-member panel said the three men's evidence had been "consistent" with one exception, regarding a conversation Mr Pardew alleged had happened in the 2013 pre-season before Gutierrez's diagnosis.

Mr Pardew claimed that he had told the player that Gutierrez's time at the club was ending and in evidence to the panel said he "didn't really fit into the mould I wanted to make".

The midfielder said that discussion never took place, and in its findings of fact the panel agreed with Gutierrez, calling Mr Pardew's account of the alleged conversation "inconsistent".

The panel said: "This inconsistency to an extent undermined his (Mr Pardew's) credibility. The claimant we found to be credible.

"Ultimately, on the balance of probabilities and taking into account our assessment of the respective credibility of the claimant and Mr Pardew, we preferred the evidence of the claimant."

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