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Wayne Rooney arrested for being drunk and swearing in public in US

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Wayne Rooney was arrested on public intoxication and swearing charges in the US before Christmas.

The former Manchester United player, who now plays for US team DC United, was charged on 16 December.

According to Virginia court records, Rooney was fined £25 and had to pay £91 costs.

Rooney, who was 15-months into a drink-driving ban in the UK, was released without bail in the US.

In 2018, the former England captain began a three-and-a-half year contract with MLS team DC United.

Wayne Rooney was fined. Pic: Loudoun General Disctrict Court

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Wayne Rooney was fined. Pic: Loudoun General Disctrict Court

Rooney is being paid something in the region of £46m for his multi-year deal, making him one of the highest-paid players in the league’s history.

In September 2017, the footballer was arrested by Cheshire police after being caught driving over the drink-drive limit.

He was been banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was nearly three times over the limit when he was pulled over by police at 2.10am on 1 September, 2017.

After he was banned from driving in the UK, he tweeted an apology to his family and fans.

He said: “Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.

“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.

“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

The day before Rooney was arrested in America, the star tweeted a picture of himself in Saudi Arabia and wrote that he was having “an unbelievable day at Riyadh Formula E Saudi Arabia Grand”.

Speaking to Sky News last August upon his arrival to the US, he said he was relieved not a recognisable face in America.

He said: “I’ve had it in England since I was 16 and I’m sure if you speak to anyone I’m close with, family and friends, it’s not something I particularly like. Here it’s a bit more relaxed.

“It’s good to spend time with the kids, not stopping all the time, having to do pictures and autographs all the time… and just give them the attention they need.”

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Transfer: Guardiola reveals player he would love to sign for Man City

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he would like to sign a centre-back, ahead of the 2019/2020 season.

The Premier League champions have failed to replace Vincent Kompany, after the Belgian decided to quit the Etihad after 10 years, to become player-manager at Anderlecht.

City are refusing to meet Leicester’s £90million valuation of Harry Maguire, while reports of a possible move for Benfica’s Ruben Dias has been dismissed by club officials.

That means City could go into the new season with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood Bellis.

“We are so happy with the squad we have.

“I don’t know if the players here will stay or new players will come, but since I came here I have been delighted with the players we have.

“Maybe we (will replace Kompany), but we have three incredible central defenders.

“And Fernandinho can play in that position, also. We will see,” Guardiola told reporters on their pre-season tour.

City have so far spent a club-record £63million on Spanish midfielder Rodri and £6million to bring back full-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.

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Transfer: De Ligt speaks on Cristaino Ronaldo’s role in his move to Juventus, being under pressure

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Juventus latest signing, Matthijs de Ligt on Friday disclosed that he made up his mind to join the Serie A champions even before Cristiano Ronaldo asked him about a potential move to Italy.

De Ligt said this while speaking with reporters in his first news conference as Juve player, NAN reports.

He said: “After the final I was already sure I wanted to join Juve … it was a big compliment to have Ronaldo ask me to join … but it didn’t make the difference.

“I spoke to (manager) Maurizio Sarri just to get to know each other. He was one of the reasons I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence.”

De Ligt, who captained his former club in their thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, said he did not feel any additional pressure after becoming one of the most expensive defenders in the world.

“Pressure is normal in football. For me, it’s not a problem. I’ll show what I’m capable of on the pitch.

“I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn and I hope to become a better player.”

“Juventus is a great forward step for me. In Holland there’s a lot of building from the back and defending high up the pitch. Italy is more about zonal marking and defending together, I think that Juve can help me and I can help them.”

Juventus announced the signing of the 19-year-old on Thursday, landing one of the most sought-after young players in world soccer from Ajax Amsterdam for 75 million euros (67 million pounds).

The Netherlands international said last month that he had been asked by Portugal’s Ronaldo following the Nations League final about linking up in Turin.

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Amaju Pinnick’s replacement revealed

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DR Congo’s Constant Omari has replaced Amaju Pinnick, as the 1st vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Pinnick, was on Thursday, removed from the role which he has occupied since July 2018.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chief took over Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi, who resigned due to allegations of corrupt practices.

Morocco’s Faouzi Lekjaa and South Africa’s Danny Jordaan are second and third vice-presidents respectively.

Pinnick explained the expiry of his tenure in a statement.

“By now, you must have seen an official statement from the events of today’s CAF Congress in Egypt. To reiterate; the term of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Vice-Presidents of the Confederation of African Football expires after two years, in line with Article 22(4) of the CAF statutes.

“My renewal was not proposed by the CAF President and I’m in total agreement with that decision as well.

“I accepted the decision of the President as it aligned with my own views, having considered matters surrounding the administration of African Football which has dovetailed into the Nigerian Football space.

“I’m still a member of the CAF Executive Committee though and I’ll continue to work to ensure that football on the continent gets its deserved value.

“It has been an excellent opportunity to serve as the Number Two football administrator on the continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast.

“Hearty congratulations to Omari, Lekja and Danny on their new roles as 1st, 2nd & 3rd Vice-Presidents respectively,” he tweeted.

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