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Macca banned on drink charge.

FORMER football star Frank McAvennie was yesterday banned from the road for drink-driving.

McAvennie admitted being over the legal limit when police went to help him after his car tyre burst.

McAvennie, 39, who lives with his parents in Milton, Glasgow, was fined pounds 120 for the drink-driving offence and a further pounds 50 for failing to answer his bail.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay pounds 70 costs.

Magistrates at Chelmsford, Essex, heard McAvennie was driving to see a friend in the town when his car suffered the blow-out in June last year.

His solicitor told the court he had drunk a couple of pints in the morning but thought it would be all right to drive.

He said McAvennie, who works occasionally as a TV football pundit, is now bankrupt.

The solicitor added that his client was very sorry for failing to turn up in court in August last year but he had been in Trinidad for a football tournament.

He also claimed that McAvennie had not realised that there was a warrant out for his arrest because of his non-appearance.

McAvennie, who played for Celtic, West Ham, St Mirren and Scotland, was recently charged with an alleged assault on his estranged wife, Laura, mother of his three-year-old son, Jake, at his parents' home.

The couple split more than 18 months ago, and he was on a weekly access visit.
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Author:Ferguson, Iain
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 23, 1999
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