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‘I made a mistake’: Wayne Rooney apologises to family and club over online images

Written by on 28/07/2021

Wayne Rooney has apologised to his family and Derby County over images that surfaced online of him at a private party.

Pictures appearing to show the Derby County manager asleep in a hotel room surrounded by a group of young women garnered attention on social media over the weekend.

Cheshire Police confirmed on Tuesday they would not be taking action against a complaint of blackmail made regarding the images, after Rooney’s representatives believed there had been an illicit attempt to entrap him.

The 35-year-old apologised to his family over the images on Wednesday evening.

Derby County interim manager Wayne Rooney
Image: Derby County interim manager Wayne Rooney

“I made a mistake,” he told Sky Sports News after his side’s friendly victory against Real Betis.

Rooney added: “I went to a private party with two of my friends and from me, I’d like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round and I want to move forward on this.

“I’m grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs, and I’ll do everything in my power to make sure I do that.

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“It’s dealt with. I’m looking forward to moving forward and preparing for another game on Sunday.”

The images went viral on social media on Sunday, but there was no suggestion the former Manchester United and England player acted inappropriately, or was even he was aware of what was going on around him.

 Sky News

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