I think you're right there. I'm no big football fan myself, but my OH made me watch his Life Stories episode with Piers Morgan and I learnt a lot about him that I didn't know, and found myself starting to like him. I feel very sorry for him.
I saw that show it was good..but i felt sorry for his ex wife, his kids... and the people around him.
We are all to blame those that book him for appearances and fuel his habit. Im sure if the media was "so concerned" about him they would stop papping him stop booking him and cut his money off... let him get to rehab sadly I feel he is past the point of saving...