Wayne Rooney arrested on public intoxication charge
- Updated: January 7, 2019
Former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney was reportedly arrested in the United States a few days before Christmas. England’s record goalscorer was found in an intoxicated state and was charged with public intoxication and swearing. However, the ace striker has blamed it on sleeping pills according to his spokesperson.
Rooney who now plays for DC United in the MLS was charged on 16th of December according to court records. The 33-year-old was arrested while returning from a promotional trip from Saudi Arabia at the Dulles International Airport, in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington. Rooney was released after his own recognizance and a paying a fine.
“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge. He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end. Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved” his spokesman said.
“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for RWayne that DC United Will handle internally,” the MLS outfit said in its statement.
This is not Rooney’s first offense, when it comes to intoxication. The Englishman is serving a two-year UK drink driving ban following his arrest in England in 2017.