D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney was arrested on public intoxication and swearing charges shortly last month, according to court records obtained in the US.
As originally reported by a local ABC news outlet , the 33-year-old was arrested at Washington-Dulles Airport in Virginia on December 16 before being released without bail.
The former England and Manchester United captain, who had been travelling to Saudi Arabia for a sporting event, subsequently paid a fine of $25 on January 4 for breaking the law.
Virginia law states that “if any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor”.
Rooney’s MLS side said in a statement to Goal on Sunday: “We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.
“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally. We have no further comment on the situation.”