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Sansom is in a detox clinic

Former England defender Kenny Sansom has entered a detox programme and will be given all the support he needs to beat alcoholism and a gambling addiction, the Professional Footballers' Association confirmed yesterday.

The 56-year-old former Gunner revealed he had contemplated suicide after becoming homeless because of his drinking and gambling problems. PFA head of player welfare Michael Bennett confirmed the union had now taken formal steps to help Sansom get the support he desperately needed.

Bennett said: "It has been a bit of a vicious circle for Kenny, and the PFA as a union is there for him and always will be there for him.

"Kenny will be undertaking a detox programme for two weeks."