Firm can appeal over Rooney deal
Published 07/02/2011 | 12:10
Sports management firm Proactive won permission today to appeal over a £4.3m claim against Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.
Judge Brendan Hegarty QC ruled at Manchester Mercantile Court in July last year that the agreement between Proactive and Rooney for a 20pc commission for a number of multi-million pound deals was unenforceable.
The judge said the eight-year contract Rooney signed as a young Everton player was "an unreasonable restraint" of his trade when the Football Association recommended a maximum of two years.
Lord Justice Ward, giving permission today at the Court of Appeal in London, said Proactive did have a prospect of success in its arguments over Rooney's contract and whether or not they were due sums accrued for services it did provide.
He said: "The mere fact that this was a claim for millions of pounds is almost in itself a compelling reason to give permission to appeal."
Judge Hegarty, who had postponed his verdict until after the World Cup had finished, ordered Speed 9849 Ltd, the company owned by Rooney's wife, Coleen, to pay Proactive just over £90,000 for work conducted on her behalf up to October 2008.