Millionaire’s wife flew to Frankfurt to rescue him from boozy airport bender

A millionaire's wife flew to Frankfurt Airport to rescue him from a boozy airport bender that had lasted several days.

Former football boss Vinnie Moore had everything he had stolen from him – including his credit card and phone.

The tycoon was left stranded at the airport following the holiday drinking session before his wife and brother-in-law went to collect him, the Daily Record reports.

A court heard how he had 'fallen off the wagon'.

The “debacle” meant the 54-year-old failed to turn up for sentence in Scotland on road traffic charges and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Moore’s Simple Group, which supplies office equipment, employs 25 people and has an annual turnover of £4million.

His lawyer Gordon Jackson QC told Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday that the “demon drink” is a “major problem” for the businessman.

Moore, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, admitted driving while unfit through drink or drugs near his home on April 9.

He also admitted failing to provide breath samples for police.

The court heard his wife Georgina found him almost unconscious behind the wheel of his car.

Ex-Albion Rovers manager Moore claimed he hadn’t been drinking but had taken medication for anxiety which made him drowsy.

He has two previous convictions for drink-related driving offences.

Moore, who starred for teams including Airdrie, Ayr United and Clydebank during his playing career, failed to appear last month for sentence on the latest charges.

The arrest warrant was cancelled when he agreed to attend court voluntarily.

Explaining Moore’s no-show in May, Jackson told the court: “He took his wife to Venice for her birthday but while there, he fell off the wagon and the demon drink, which has been a major problem for him, kicked in.

“He and his wife then travelled to Frankfurt before she went home, leaving him at Frankfurt Airport, where he stayed for a number of days.

“At least twice, he booked a flight home but never made it. Then everything he had, including his credit card and phone, was stolen. His card records show someone used it to book flights to Toronto and Afghanistan.

“He was in a terrible state but eventually a young American woman spoke to him. She obtained phone numbers which led to his wife and brother-in-law flying to Frankfurt to take him home.

“To add insult to injury, he then had an accident and ended up in hospital for some time.

“He attends Alcoholics Anonymous and since this debacle in Frankfurt, he hasn’t touched a drop.”

Sheriff Moira MacKenzie banned Moore from driving for seven years.

She also ordered him to be supervised by social workers for 12 months and to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Last year, Moore agreed a six-figure deal to rename St Mirren’s ground the Simple Digital Arena.

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