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Rangers icon Ally McCoist says Gazza in ‘great place’ after years battling alcohol addiction

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ALLY McCoist has revealed Paul Gascoigne is now in a “great place” after years of battling alcohol addiction.

The Rangers legends have teamed up for a radio show ahead of the Euro 2020 Championships.

Paul Gascoigne has been on the Italian version of ‘I’m a Celebrity’

McCoist has admitted he had worried for his friend in recent years which has seen him undergo spells in rehab.

However, he told of his delight at seeing Gazza in such good form when he spent over an hour interviewing him for Talksport.

The England great recently appeared on the Italian version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! which was filmed in the Honduran jungle in Central America.

McCoist, 58, said: “It’s the best I have seen him and the best I have heard him in years.

Ally McCoist has interviewed Paul Gascoigne for talkSPORT

“He was on the Italian celebrity jungle and when I got him he was self-isolating in a hotel in Milan.

“I got him on the Zoom and I was chuffed to bits because he looked brilliant and he sounded brilliant.


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“When I spoke to him I could tell he was in a great place, he was firing on all cylinders.

“I mean I was asking him questions about Gareth Southgate and he was telling me stories about the time he bought his dad a boat and all that.

“He was on brilliant form and I was delighted. It was just magic to catch up with him.

Gascoigne is in rude health after recent health worries

“I did some preparation beforehand and I had my questions but then I was thinking to myself ‘I won’t need this’.

“I think I looked at my paper once, I was just asking him a question and away he went and that was him for five or 10 minutes.”

During the interview, Gascoigne, 54, joked about former England team-mate Gareth Southgate landing the national team job despite missing a crucial penalty in the Euro 1996 semi-final.


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He said: “I don’t get this Coisty, I need the country to help me here.

“I scored my penalty and Gareth Southgate missed his. I’ve ended up in rehab and he’s ended up the manager of England and done a £20,000 pizza advert. What did I do wrong?

“I told Gareth that and he just laughed.”

Gascoigne was forced to quit the Italian reality show after dislocating his shoulder but described it as a “great experience” and said he would like to take part in the UK version.

He spent three years with Rangers quickly becoming a fans favourite as he helped them win a record-equalling nine in a row league titles.

In his debut season, he was voted Scottish player of the year and also had memorable moments playing for England, including a goal against Scotland.

**McCoist’s interview with Gascoigne is on Talksport at 7pm on Tuesday. 


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Who is Turkey vs Wales referee Artur Soares Dias and what other Euro 2020 matches is he officiating?

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ARTUR SOARES DIAS has been selected as a referee for this summer’s Euro 2020.

The Portuguese had served as a VAR official at the 2018 World Cup, so comes into the tournament having been at a big one.

Artur Soares Dias refereed England’s match against Brazil in 2017
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Who is Artur Soares Dias?

Soares Dias has been refereeing since 2010.

The star refereed England’s friendly match against Brazil in November 2017, which ended 0-0.

He kept his cards close to his chest that night and only booked Jake Livermore for a late tackle on Neymar.

The 41-year-old has been used an additional assistant referee for several Champions League games.

He refereed a number of Europa League matches during the 2012/13 season.

In 2017, the Portuguese official and his family received death threats before he was due to officiate the Primeira Liga match between Paco de Ferreira and FC Porto.

Artur Soares Dias is refereeing at Euro 2020
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What other matches will he be refereeing at Euro 2020?

Dias has yet to receive his matches for the next round of fixtures.

The tournament concludes on July 11.

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What do the Olympic rings represent?

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THE delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead on July 23 – despite the city declaring a state of emergency over the Covid pandemic.

With the Olympic Games opening ceremony now less than 200 days away, we take a look at what those famous Olympic rings represent.

The Olympic rings in 2016
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What do the Olympic rings represent?

The five interlocking multicoloured rings were first presented in 1913 and designed by French aristocrat Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

The rings made their first appearance at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, with the colours said to represent the national flags of competing nations.

According to Coubertin, “these five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.

What is more, the six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.

The Olympic rings are loaded with symbolism
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The Olympic rings were forged in front of the audience’s eyes at the opening ceremony for London 2012[/caption]

Coubertin was said to have been inspired to include the rings because of his time as president of the French sports-governing body, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), and to represent the five continents.

According to the Olympic charter, the Olympic symbol “expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many countries and continents compete in the Olympics?

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees, spread out over five continents across the globe and every nation is represented.

Each National Olympic Committee represents a competing nation at the Games, such as the British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, American Samoa, Comoros and Cape Verde.

How many athletes compete in the Olympic Games?

This number tends to differ each year, but at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 11, 237 athletes took part.

This included 6,178 men and 5,059 women.

Nearly 3,000 athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, consisting of 1,664 men and 1,169 women.

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Euro 2020 LIVE: Ronaldo snub causes £4bn Coca-Cola loss, Pogba does same with Heineken bottle, Wales vs Turkey build-up

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EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it’s been another frantic day, with Portugal leaving it late to beat Hungary before France saw off Germany.

England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page’s side.

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Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

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