United’s Rooney to sue The Sun over slap claims


LONDON: Wayne Rooney is to the sue The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling daily newspaper, over a story the tabloid ran claiming the Manchester United and England striker slapped his girlfriend, Coleen McLoughlin. 

Rooney has instructed lawyer Keith Schilling to issue proceedings for libel (written defamation) against The Sun, his media adviser Ian Monk said on Wednesday.  

Rooney, 19, is alleged to have hit his girlfriend Coleen, also 19, after a row in the Brasingamens club in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, north-west England while enjoying a night out with other United stars on April 10. 

He denies hitting his girlfriend. 

The Sun reported the story and has since claimed Rooney is in danger of losing lucrative sponsorship deals because of the bad publicity. 

Monk said: “I can confirm that as a result of their entirely false allegation that he hit his girlfriend, The Sun is being sued by my client.” 

A Sun spokesman said: “We have received a letter and the matter is with our lawyers.” – AFP 

Rooney has instructed lawyer Keith Schilling to issue proceedings for libel (written defamation) against The Sun, his media adviser Ian Monk said on Wednesday.  

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