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Mike Tyson offers support to Gazza

Boxing bad boy Mike Tyson is offering counselling and support to troubled Paul Gascoigne when he comes to Britain next month, reports The Shields Gazette.

The England legend suffered a mental breakdown, which required two weeks in hospital for psychiatric treatment, and the former heavyweight champion believes his own chequered past could help.

Tyson, 41, said: "I know all about Gazza and I feel I can help him.

"A lot of top sportsmen have suffered in their private lives, including me, and that is why I want to help.

"I still see him as a superstar and would like to meet him if he feels up for it."Wayne Rooney several times.

Their first meeting three years ago was a boost for the young footballer at a time when he was under fire for his aggressive style of play.

Tyson said: "Back in 2005, Wayne Rooney was on a downer and I met him and lifted his spirits.

"I am sure I can do the same for Paul Gascoigne."

Tyson makes an unlikely counsellor, having been convicted of rape in 1992 and jailed for a day in November last year for driving while under the influence of drugs. "He has been through a lot and he said he would like to meet Gazza and help him if he could."

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