"If I could wish, I would wish he would go away from us. He’ll probably die soon. Just because he’s the top player doesn’t mean he’s a good dad or a good person to be with. I don’t think there’s any point in helping him.”
Such is the heartbreak of 12-year-old son Reagan, talking about his father, former soccer star Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne.
Sun columnist Deirdre Sanders quotes the lad in her defence of ex-wife Sheryl going public on Gazza's drink and violence problems.
Indeed, her Channel 4 programme has led to some lively debate on the rights and wrongs of the programme, with blogger Iain Dale, for example, believing the ex should not have put the family through such trial by television.
Just typing in Gazza into Google reveals the extent of the debate as well as the issues of alcoholism and the problems it causes.
I never got to see the show but maybe it might have been too upsetting.
Knowing someone whose life is being ruined by drink, I can only hope those with drinking problems will see the programme and realise the effect their drinking has on their loved ones and how alcoholism ruins lives, not just those who suffer from it.
Thus, I particulalrly hope Surviving Gazza gets an airing in New Zealand.