Recovering Alcoholic and Former Tottenham legend disagrees with Redknapp’s call for Alcohol ban

Gazza makes his feelings known on the Ledley King-Gate.

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne has said that football clubs should not stop players from drinking.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has vowed to ban alcohol following Ledley King’s arrest for an alleged assault outside a London nightclub.
But Gascoigne thinks players are under pressure and need to relax.
“It’s a little lesson for Ledley King. That’s OK. He’ll learn from that, there’s not a problem, leave the kid alone. What can you do?” he said.
Gascoigne, who has fought a public battle with alcohol and drugs, says the pressures of the modern media present an added strain for today’s footballers. (BBC Sport)

I have to admit to be baffled by Gazza’s stance on this but all in all i think i agree with him in principle. I don’t think an outright ban on alcohol for footballers would be a good idea, in the same way as imposing an outright ban on drinking in the UK as a hole wouldn’t be the right way to deal with those who can’t seem to balance drinking sociably versus drinking irresponsibly.

After all how does Harry Redknapp propose monitoring such a ban? Would he test his players every day? Would he give each player their own Minder? Surely its about trusting players to behave themselves. Maybe some sort of three strikes and your out procedure is needed. Whilst i understand that today’s professional footballers are supposed to be fine athletic specimens i see nothing wrong with them on occasion having a drink or two, i don’t even see the harm in them getting bladdered after a fantastic result or perhaps after winning some silverware. Surely they should just be taught to not make an idiot of themselves for all the world and the waiting paparazzi to see!


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