Wayne Rooney arrested in USA for intoxication, swearing

Wayne Rooney was arrested and fined in the United States last month for public intoxication and swearing, it has been revealed.

The former England and Manchester United captain, who now plays for Major League Soccer’s DC United, was arrested on 16 December in Virginia.

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Rooney was taken into custody.

 The DC United striker was fined $25 and had to pay $91 costs for the misdemeanour after being arrested by Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, based near the club’s stadium.

The fine was paid on Friday and a court hearing due to take place on January 24 has been waived.

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office according to Sky Sports said: “He was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Centre on December 16 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.

“He was later released on a personal recognisance bond.”

According to reports, Rooney was arrested at Dulles International Airport, which is located in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia where he attended the opening race of the Formula E season near Riyadh.

Court documents from Loudoun General District Court show that Rooney, 33, paid a $25 fine and $91 costs on 4 January.

He was a charged with a ‘Class 4’ misdemeanour, which carries a maximum fine of $250.

Rooney was banned from driving for two years in September 2017 after he was found to be almost three times over the legal limit when he was stopped by police in Cheshire.

The forward moved to the US in June 2018 after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with DC United.

A statement from DC United said: “We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.

“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that DC United will handle internally. We have no further comment on this situation.”