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Paul Gascoigne sacked and arrested in short order

AGENCIES , LIVERPOOL AND LONDON

The former England star Paul Gascoigne has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a photographer outside a Liverpool hotel.

The incident happened hours after Gazza was sacked as manager of Nationwide Conference North side Kettering Town after just 39 days in charge, with team bosses complaining about his drinking.

Gazza was to be questioned by police later yesterday in connection with an incident at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool.

"A 38-year-old man was arrested following reports of an alleged assault outside the Hope Street Hotel at around 11.30pm last night. He is currently in custody at a police station in the city and will be interviewed by detectives later today," a Merseyside police spokesman said.

Gascoigne, 38, had visited the city to speak at a fund-raiser for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

The Sun newspaper reported that freelance photographer Steve Farrell, nursing a cut eye, complained to police that he had been assaulted as he was on the street outside the hotel alongside other snappers.

Earlier Monday, Kettering Town chairman Imraan Ladak had decided to remove Gascoigne as manager. Ladak said he spoke to Gascoigne after 37 separate incidents since he became manager.

He said Gascoigne was "under the influence of alcohol before, during and after several first-team games and training sessions."

Confronted with claims that he had been under the influence of drink at a recent match, Gascoigne told Sky Sports News: "So what? I tell you the truth, I had a double brandy before the game. Before it used to be four bottles of whisky. It's not any more."

He added: "As far as I'm concerned I'm not sacked because I never signed a contract."

Gascoigne was part of the consortium headed by Ladak which took over Kettering and said he had invested some of his personal wealth in the club.

Gascoigne was also dismissive of Ladak's knowledge of the game, describing him as "a doctor" who was a "control freak."

"There is a battle there -- the chairman [Ladak] who is a doctor and I am Paul Gascoigne the footballer," he told Sky Sports News.

"He told me he's been watching football for 20 years, five days a week, and knows how football should be played. Well, the guy can't trap a bag of cement as far as I'm concerned. I won't walk away. I'll do it my way and I'll keep doing it my way," Gascoigne said.

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