Wayne Rooney was arrested before Christmas for public intoxication and charges in the United States, but the footballer has accused the sleeping pills, a spokesman told the British press Sunday. The former captain of England and Manchester United, now playing for the US team DC United, was indicted on 16 December. Judicial records obtained by Washington ABC 7 News and The Athletic have shown that the former Manchester United star was arrested by police at Dulles International Airport, a suburb of Washington, in northern Virginia. Rooney, who was returning from a promotional trip to Saudi Arabia, was charged with public drunkenness and misconduct in Loudon County, Virginia. He was released under the commitment from him before paying a $ 25 fine and court fees on Friday.
“During the flight, Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping pills, mixed with a little alcohol, and he felt disoriented when he arrived,” said his spokesman.
“He was approached by the police who arrested him for a minor offense.
“He received an automatic statutory fine and was released shortly thereafter at the airport.” The case is about to end.
“Wayne would like to express appreciation for the way he was treated by everyone involved.”
DC United said it is aware of reports of Rooney’s arrest in a statement to the US media.
“We understand the media interest in this case, but we think it is a private matter for RWayne that DC United will manage internally,” the club said.
Rooney is serving a driving ban in the UK for two years after being arrested in September 2017 in England.
The 33-year-old striker has arrived in the US capital. UU In July, he signed with DC United and led the Major League Soccer club from last place in the playoffs in his first half-season with the team.
Rooney was the centerpiece of United’s marketing campaign when the team opened a new stadium, the English star said on her arrival, awaiting the challenge and enjoying the relative anonymity offered by suburban living in the United States.
His contract, which according to the MLS payers association pays him a salary of about $ 2.8 million, as well as bonus and sponsorship income, spans the entire 2020 season.
United opens the MLS 2019 season on March 3 against Atlanta United.