Wayne Rooney arrested in US for public intoxication and swearing

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The 33-year-old is on a three-and-a-half-year contract with DC United (Source: Getty)

Former England football captain Wayne Rooney was arrested before Christmas for "public intoxication and swearing", court filings revealed this evening.

Rooney, who now plays for Major League Soccer's DC United, was arrested in Virginia on 16 December.

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff's Office confirmed Rooney was taken into custody "on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police...He was later released on a personal recognizance bond."

The football star paid a $25 (£20) fine plus $91 costs on Friday. He was a charged with a 'Class 4' misdemeanour, which carries a maximum fine of $250.

The former Manchester United forward was previously hit with a drink-driving ban in the UK in 2017, and was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty.

A statement from DC United said: "We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.

"We understand the media's interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that DC United will handle internally. We have no further comment on this situation."