England football legend Paul Gascoigne says it’s a disgrace that his son, Regan, has been allowed to attack him in a Channel 4 documentary to be broadcast on Monday.
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“I don’t think there’s any point in helping him,” Regan was reported on the Daily Telegraph‘s website.
“He’s my dad. He should have helped and seen me all these years. I don’t want to waste all my tears on him. I feel bad and sorry for him because he’s in this kind of state, but it’s not our fault”.
Gascoigne told The Sun: “I’m not going to watch the programme. It’s a disgrace to use a child like that.”
He also blamed his ex-wife: “I can’t believe Sheryl has let our son be used on television in this way.
“And it is beyond belief that a TV documentary has allowed an interview with a kid of 12 to be broadcast like this. How can a 12-year-old understand the things I’ve gone through? He is 12 for God’s sake.
“I don’t blame him one bit. He is my son and I love him and I always will,” he told the Sun.
A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “It is an intimate portrait of the Gascoigne family as they struggle to cope with an alcoholic and mentally ill father and ex-husband. Filming took part during last summer and reveals the heartache, chaos and fear Sheryl and the children face everyday.
“The film was made with their full co-operation. The family have seen the final film and are happy with the way their story has been told. The family was also offered counselling throughout and after filming was finished.”