November 1996

Britain's blurry vision

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IT COULD happen to anybody, really. Go out for a meal with the wife, have a few too many, she starts to nag, and before you know what's happened, she's lying on the floor covered in bruises. For most, this sort of tiff remains private; but for Paul Gascoigne, one of England's star footballers as well as a well-known drinker and self-confessed wife-beater, the photographers were there last week to record his wife Sheryl's beaten face, and there were cries of outrage when Mr Gascoigne was subsequently selected for the England squad.