x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Australian soccer star released on bail

The former Australian international football captain arrested in Dubai has been released on bail.

DUBAI // The former Australian international football captain arrested in Dubai has been released on bail. Craig Moore, 34, was released on Friday after his arrest on Wednesday following an alleged drunken altercation with the police. A spokesman from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed a 34-year-old man from Queensland was released on bail on Friday. "A date for a court hearing has not yet been scheduled," the spokesman said. "The arrest was on an alcohol-related charge stemming from an incident with police." He said consular officials from the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi are providing him and his family consular assistance and are in contact with his lawyer. A central defender, he played 52 times for the Socceroos, the Australian national side. He represented the country in the 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cups after which retired. Mr Moore spent most of his professional career with the Scottish club Rangers, apart from two seasons in England at Newcastle United.