Wayne Rooney 'cleared' of wrongdoing by the FA as Paul McGrath gives his view
Published 26/11/2016 | 13:18
Wayne Rooney has reportedly been cleared of any wrongdoing in the late night drinking session at the England team hotel that was turned into an enduring scandal by the UK media.
Rooney was accused of gatecrashing a wedding as England players were given a night off by manager Gareth Southgate to relax after their 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Scotland earlier this month.
Images then emerged of Rooney looking disheveled as he mingled with members of the public at the England team hotel, which sparked days of media coverage over an incident that inspired the self-appointed moral police to condemn the behaviour of the Manchester United striker.
One leading tabloid newspaper ran a front and back page story confirming Rooney would be stripped of the England captaincy following the incident, but the Football Association appeared to have confirmed that no action will be taken over the incident after an internal investigation.
Several UK newspapers have been informed that the FA are satisfied Rooney did nothing wrong on the night in question, which suggests he will remain as part of England’s plans heading into their remaining World Cup qualifiers next year.
The news will come as little surprise to Rooney, who hut out at the media last weekend for a witch-hunt that rumbled on for more than a week.
@RealKevinPalmer Kevin if they were allowed to have "Normal " life's Top players such as Rooney could reconnect with fans , of which I'm one— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) November 25, 2016
@RealKevinPalmer Fair play Kevin, Soon won't be allowed out to eat without permission from FIFA. Nice to reasonable debate. Cheers pal .— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) November 25, 2016
“What’s been going on is disgraceful. I’m proud to play for my country and I’m proud of my achievements. It’s not finished yet,” he stated.
“It feels as if the media are trying to write my obituary and I won’t let that happen. I think what’s been going on is disgraceful. It shows a lack of respect and I think enough to enough.”
Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath has suggested the public scrutiny of star footballers is halting their ambitions of enjoying a ‘normal’ life: