- Kenny Sansom has had well-documented challenges with alcoholism and gambling for years now
- In 2015, he revealed he had contemplated killing himself after he was rendered homeless
- Sansom earned 86 caps with the England national football team and 386 appearances with Arsenal
Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom is in hospital fighting for his life after he suffered a serious head injury after an alleged drunken row.
Sansom is understood to be admitted at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with his family by his side.
Mirror UK citing Mail Online reports the former footballer was allegedly beaten up before he fell and suffered a serious injury on his head.
A post on his official Twitter account confirmed he was indeed admitted to hospital but was quick to clarify he was not battling coronavirus.
"Kenny is currently ill in hospital," the post said.
"He is being well cared for and does not have COVID-19. Kenny’s family and close friends kindly ask the media to respect his and their privacy, plus that of the healthcare workers treating Kenny," the post added.
The 61-year-old is believed to be struggling with alcohol since he hung his boots in the mid-1990s.
His drinking problems saw his marriage break down, triggering a string of other social issues including becoming homeless.
The versatile former left-back made over 350 appearances in an Arsenal shirt during a spell that lasted more than a decade.
He went on to feature for several other teams including Newcastle, QPR, Coventry, Everton, Brentford and Watford before he retired in 1994.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Michele Bacis, former player of Fiorentina, Genoa and Avellino has lost his second son who was only 8 years old after he fell from the balcony of his home in Arezzo, Italy.
It was gathered that the tragic incident occurred on Saturday, May 16, around 10 pm when the little boy was playing on the balcony at his house when he lost his balance and fell three floors.
The young boy was rushed to the San Donato Hospital in Arezzo, but was declared dead upon arrival.
The tragic incident comes just weeks after Bacis lost his uncle to COVID-19.
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