Rooney names charities as United award testimonial
Wayne Rooney will be given a full Old Trafford testimonial next August, and the Manchester United captain has announced that he will donate to charity all earnings from the match and related events.
The agreement between the club and their longest-serving player, now in his 12th season at United, demonstrates that the relationship is strong after the stand-off in with Alex Ferguson in 2013.
The guest list for Rooney's game on August 3 is expected to be roll-call of his most famous team-mates, with players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard, his predecessor as England captain, likely to be approached.
Rooney will split the proceeds between the NSPCC, for whom he is an ambassador, Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool; Claire House children's hospice in Manchester and United's own foundation. Rooney has announced that he has established his own charity, the Wayne Rooney foundation. The opposition for the game has not yet been decided.
Testimonials are ordinarily awarded for 10 years' service or more, at the discretion of clubs, and they cannot be included in contractual agreements for tax reasons.
The testimonial is proposed to the player in question and then the money is gifted to him by a testimonial committee. In Rooney's case a group of United fans wrote to vice-chairman Ed Woodward to request that the player's service be recognised with a testimonial. (© Daily Telegraph, London)