Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

World Cup footballer faces illegal drinking charge only

Three of the four charges brought against Craig Moore, former captain of the Australian national football team, have been dropped.

DUBAI // Three of the four charges brought against Craig Moore, former captain of the Australian national football team, have been dropped. Moore was arrested last Wednesday after an argument with a taxi driver over a Dh50 fare. "He was drunk and got into an argument with the taxi driver. The argument got violent and police were called in. He then pushed one of the officers," said Major Gen Khamis al Mazeina, the deputy head of Dubai Police. Moore was charged with non-payment of a taxi fare, insulting a public official, assaulting a public official, and illegal consumption of alcohol.

He was released on bail on Friday, according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Moore's case was reviewed on Monday, the Dubai Public Prosecutor said yesterday. The footballer reached a settlement with the taxi driver and the non-payment charge was dropped. The police officer involved also withdrew the complaints of insulting and assaulting a public official. "The victims expressed their wish to withdraw their complaints, so we dropped the charges against him as per the legal procedures law," said Sami al Shamsi, the Bur Dubai chief prosecutor.

Moore has been referred to the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours to face a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol. If convicted, he faces a maximum jail term of three months, a fine of up to Dh5,000, or both. Public prosecutors could not confirm a date for a court appearance. Moore's wife, Heather, flew from the couple's home in Brisbane to be with her husband. The retired footballer, who owns a residential property in Dubai, is in the country on business.

Moore, a central defender, spent most of his 16-year club career with the Scottish club Rangers; he played for two seasons with Newcastle United. He was capped 52 times for the Australian national team, known as the Socceroos. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae  

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 Screen shot from Vin Deisel's facebook page of he and Michelle Rodriguez in Abu Dhabi for the filming of Fast & Furious 7. April 2014

Fast & Furious in Abu Dhabi, a social media frenzy

Fast & Furious 7 wraps up an eventful and much-anticipated week of filming in the capital. Let's take a look at what went on via the key players' social media, while they were enjoying the delights of the desert.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 From left: Alex Ritman, his favorite waiter and friend Andy Tillett at Baithal Ravi in 2009. Courtesy Alex Ritman

Lamenting Bur Dubai’s Baithal Ravi Restaurant

When I heard that a fire had ripped through the restaurant known as Ravis in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai, my outburst was met with echoed monosyllabic despair among numerous friends on social media.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National