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Wayne Rooney Threatens Legal Action Against Sunday Mirror

Manchester United's captain Wayne Rooney stands dejected as Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

Wayne Rooney has hinted he may be taking legal action against the Sunday Mirror after the newspaper published a video appearing to show the England striker putting items from Nike's hospitality suite at Wembley Stadium into a bin liner. 

In a Facebook post, Rooney wrote: "Allegations published by the Sunday Mirror that were presented to my management team, Nike and the FA are denied by all, are wrong and total rubbish. The matter is now with my lawyers so can't say anymore at this time."

According to Goal.com, the post relates to Dan Warburton's story in the Sunday Mirror. Per Warburton, a spokesperson for Rooney said: "There is no truth whatsoever in the ­anonymous claims which the Sunday Mirror has put to us. They are false and defamatory of [Rooney]. [Rooney] took no items whatsoever from the Nike box."

Here is the video of the incident from May 2014 captured via close-circuit television, courtesy of the Sunday Mirror:

Per Warburton, an unnamed but "well placed" source said: 

People were shocked and bewildered to see Rooney’s ­behaviour in the footage, to think he’s someone earning in excess of £300,000 each week. It’s clear what [Rooney] was doing. You can see him debating with friends about which items to take. You can see him leaving the box a short time later with the bag containing memorabilia.

The story was also denied by a Nike spokesman, who said: "This story is not true. We can confirm that nothing was taken from the Nike box."

England captain Rooney was at Wembley to attend George Groves' super-middleweight title rematch with Carl Froch on May 31, 2014.

According to Warburton, the footage emerged after security at the stadium was raised amid a series of thefts of merchandise and memorabilia, including one incident involving a security guard stealing a PlayStation from the same Nike corporate suite.

Rooney is currently enduring a spell on the sidelines with injury.

Upon his return, he'll carry the hopes of Manchester United as he tries to salvage their ailing season and secure a UEFA Champions League spot, and most likely the hopes of England in the 2016 European Championship this summer.

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