Troubled football star Paul Gascoigne suffered a fractured skull and needed 11 stitches following a ‘drunken hotel bust-up’ with a group of Scunthorpe Town fans.
The former Tottenham Hotspurs player claimed he was kicked down the stairs of the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch and required hospital treatment.
Gazza, who has battled alcoholism for some two decades was in a ‘tragic’ state at the hotel, according to eyewitnesses.
Eyewitnesses claim the row began after the former England international made disparaging remarks about one of the Scunthorpe players.
Paul Gascoigne, pictured here leaving Dudley Magistrates’ Court, has revealed on Twitter that he suffered a fractured skull and required 11 stitches following a drunken late-night incident
Gazza explained to his 106,000 followers on Twitter what happened on Tuesday night
The former football star said he was returning to Newcastle following his hospital discharge
Gazza, 49, had visited the London hotel on Tuesday afternoon and bought cocktails and Gin and Tonics for five people who were crowding round him taking photos and talking about football.
Eyewitness James Eschauzier claims two Northern men in their 30s ‘goaded’ alcoholic Gazza who told them their team, Scunthorpe United, were rubbish.
The eyewitness claims Gazza told the pair to “p*** off” moments before he was pushed down the stairs outside the Ace Hotel in trendy Shoreditch, east London.
Mr Eschauzier, 49, who had been visiting friends in London when he was staying at the hotel said: ‘I had a drink with him before the guys turned up, he seemed okay.
‘Then there were about five or six people crowding around him and he was buying people drinks and chatting.
‘He was drinking loads of gin and cocktails. In the hour I was there he had three gin and tonics.
‘We spoke about George Best and he had some good things to say about him, I didn’t have an argument with him myself.
‘There were lots of drinks exchanged between everybody, he was in a good mood.
‘Then two guys started provoking him, they were talking about the World Cup in 1990 and they were blaming him for losing.
‘He was saying it was the manager’s fault, saying the strategy wasn’t right.
‘These two northern guys supported Scunthorpe United and he didn’t like that, he told them their team was rubbish.
Mr Carpio tweeted a string of statements describing how the night unfolded with Gazza in the boutique London hotel
‘They began egging him on about football and the World Cup and they took it too far and he got mad.
‘He told them: “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
‘The fracas took place outside but it was brewing in the bar.
‘People knew who he was, he was chatting about his heyday. He was claiming that England lost the 1988 World Cup because he didn’t get enough support up front.
Gazza reportedly said England would have won the World Cup if he had received enough support ‘up front’.
‘These two guys were saying England lost because of him, they kept saying it was his fault. They were egging him on.
‘Then Gazza said: “P*** off. Any more of this and I’m walking out. You will regret what you just said.’
The former sports star (left on Good Morning Britain in April and outside Dudley Magistrates’ Court in September) 49, has been battling with his alcohol addiction for the past 20 years and he has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions
‘He then left the bar and went outside. Then the next thing I knew he has been pushed down the stairs, I think he hit his head on the handrail.
‘Everyone was shocked, Gazza didn’t deserve it, I think he just handled the situation badly.’
He told his 106,000 followers on Twitter that he required stitches on his eyelid following the disturbance on Tuesday night.
He confirmed he had been released from hospital following treatment and was returning to Newcastle.
Police said they were called to the boutique Ace Hotel in trendy Shoreditch after reports of a man assaulted and one man was taken to hospital
Witnesses described how Gazza was in a ‘tragic’ state and was apparently throwing money around while hurling insults at customers and groping women.
The 49-year-old was also said to be making racist remarks and was described as being ‘so drunk he’s drooling’.
It is alleged Gazza then slapped a guest in the face, before the guest’s friend booted the football star down the stairs.
Alvin Carpio posted on Twitter: ‘This may be one of the weirdest tweets that I’ve sent.
‘I’m in Ace Hotel trying to read but can’t because Paul Gascoigne is behind me causing trouble.’
He added moments later: ‘It gets crazier: Gazza has just been kicked down the stairs by a guy whose friend got slapped by him. He really isn’t in a good place.
‘It’s a sad state: He’s been spitting, making racist remarks & groping women, all while throwing around £ notes.’
He wrote: ‘The police have arrived. I think they’re sorting things out.
‘To see a guy who once peaked his profession like this is tragic.’
Another witness posted on Facebook that he encountered Gazza in a public toilet and he appeared unwell and needed help.
He wrote: ‘What a shame. Looks like he might be the next to go before the years out. If what I saw today is anything to go by [sic].’
Gazza was seen going into the hotel at around 2pm and said hello to a group of men visiting from Manchester.
One of the group said: ‘He was a really nice bloke, we said hello to him and he seemed fine.
‘He wasn’t drunk at all by that point.
‘We didn’t even know the bust up had happened until the next morning.’
One staff member who did not want to be named, said: ‘He was so drunk, he’d made friends with this group of people at the bar, I think they might have been tourists.
‘He comes in here quite often, we’ve seen him here before.
‘He had been in the bar for a few hours
‘I don’t think he was staying, just coming in for a drink.
‘He was really drunk though, he was all over the place, swaying around and shouting at guests.
‘He was making a scene, I think he said something that offended one of the group he was with.
‘Then they all went out for a cigarette and one of them just kicked him down the stairs.
‘It was brutal.’
Staff said Gazza was ‘shouting gibberish’ before the incident.
He was seen throwing £20 notes ‘all over the place’.
Staff would not comment but witnesses described how Gascoigne was in a ‘tragic’ state and throwing money around at the hotel, were suites cost £539 a night
A staff member said: ‘He was shouting gibberish because he was so drunk.
‘I couldn’t understand a word he was he was saying. He was that drunk, completely incoherent.
‘He was with two guys and they were taking selfies with him and hanging out.
‘He was buying them drinks and then he knocked them over. He got angry and was shouting at people.
‘At one point he was throwing Â£20 notes all over the place.
‘Then they went out for a cigarette and one of them kicked him down the stairs.
‘I’ve heard he said something racist but I couldn’t understand anything he was saying.’
Another staff member added: “It’s just so f*****, I don’t know what he was doing here but they shouldn’t let him drink like that.
‘He was kicked down the stairs at the front and he cracked his head, they took him to hospital.
‘He had been in the bar for hours and just began shouting and raving after he met up with those two guys.
‘I don’t think he had a room or anything.
‘Everyone was talking about it yesterday and the barman was like “oh did you hear about that old English footballer who came in?”
‘It’s pretty funny, but it’s sad too.
‘People were trying to help him, he was in a bad way.’
Police said they were called to the hotel – where suites cost £539 a night – after reports that one man was assaulted.
They said one man had been taken to hospital.
The spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 18:05hrs on Tuesday, 27 December to reports of a disturbance at a hotel on Shoreditch High Street, E1.
‘Officers were called a short time later to reports of a man assaulted at the same location.
‘Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A 49-year-old man was found suffering from a head injury.
‘The man has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.’
The ex-footballer’s spokesman Terry Baker told The Mirror that he was supposed to be traveling from Newcastle to Bournemouth today.
He said Gazza had been ‘been taken to hospital because he has a head wound’ but was about to be released and sent home.
He added: ‘I’ve been in contact with him throughout Christmas and he’s been fine.’
The former sports star, 49, has been battling with his alcohol addiction for the past 20 years and he has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions.
He was reportedly drinking two litres of gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day during the depths of his alcohol problems, as well as taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills and injecting cocaine.
It was reported earlier this month that Gazza was back in rehab after ending up in hospital in Poole following a two-day bender.
A friend said at the time that Gazza had ‘suffered a relapse’ and had checked into the centre in the south West.
Gazza admitted at the time he had drunk a bottle of gin alone in his hotel room because he felt ‘down’ before going down to the bar, where he was offered cocaine.
He said his binge at the time was linked to the recent death of his nephew Jay Kerrigan, 22.
He added: ‘I f***ing hate being an alcoholic.’
The former footballer also recently took part in £65-a-ticket stage shows entitled ‘Evening with Gazza’ but they were marred by controversy.
In September, he admitted racially abusing a black bouncer during one of his events at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Dudley Magistrates’ Court was told Gascoigne humiliated Errol Rowe, who had been assigned to protect him during the show, by asking him: ‘Can you smile please, because I can’t see you?’
In October, he pulled out of his own £65-a-ticket event 10 minutes before he was due on stage after having a drunken meltdown.
Earlier in the day, he had reportedly been spotted drunk at King’s Cross station in London and staff refused to let him travel.