Paul Gascoigne's sister has accused The Sun of perpetuating his problems with alcohol by planting bottles outside his front door.
The national newspaper drew widespread criticism last month after publishing pictures of the former England international accidentally exposing himself in public.
Mental health and alcoholism associations were quick to show their disgust at the article but it did not stop concerned football fans from reading it. The Sun responded by removing the worst of the photos but the article is still live.
Under the headline 'Paul Gascoigne new low as he exposes himself in the street on the hunt for more booze', The Sun's article inspired almost 29,000 shares across social media.
Now, it appears that the photographers and reporters who lay in wait to take photos of Gascoigne may have helped to create his awful situation in the first place.
Writing on the Facebook group 'Stop Buying The Sun Newspaper', Lindsay Gascoigne claimed that reporters left bottles of alcohol on Gascoigne's doorstep in order to help them build a story. She also accused the same reporters of 'mocking' her family.
She wrote: "If any of my gorgeous friends hasn't already signed this could they please do this for me so Gary Topley can get it sent off not just for Paul but for Jay to stop this horrendous treatment towards my family.
"Not many people know this but the sun [sic] reporters not only laugh and mock my family but they buy bottles of alcohol and leave them outside my brothers [sic] front door just for that picture and they think it's funny. Please sign and share X"
Gascoigne has struggled in recent months after the devastating death of his nephew in May. Jay Kerrigan, 22, was found dead in a tower block after a lifelong battle with mental health issues.
That was then followed by a charge of racially aggravated abuse in June after he was accused of using a racial slur during a stage show.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially declined to charge him following an Evening with Gazza show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 30 November.
The 49-year-old will stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to the public order offence.
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