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Gascoigne Gets Suspended Sentence for Drunk Driving, BBC Reports

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Former England soccer player Paul Gascoigne was given an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, for drink driving, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The 43-year-old admitted driving while four times the alcohol limit in October. The sentence, including a three-year driving ban, was imposed by magistrates in Newcastle, northeast England. He’d been warned he could be jailed for 12 weeks.

Sentencing was adjourned last month after Gascoigne voluntarily checked himself into a clinic for rehabilitation. He is also due for trial on a separate drink-drive charge, which he denies, the BBC reported.

For years Gascoigne has been battling alcoholism and depression.

The former midfielder, whose last job in soccer was coaching non-league Kettering in 2005, played 57 games for England, helping the country reach the semifinals of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996. He also had stints at clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers and Everton.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty at phegarty@bloomberg.net

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