By News Desk
English football star, Wayne Rooney, was arrested at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. for public intoxication.
Rooney, who started playing for U.S. soccer team D.C. United since last year, was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center after been arrested by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.
The police disclosed yesterday that the former Manchester United striker was on Dec. 16, last year charge for public intoxication.
Rooney was arrested at an international arrivals gate at Dulles after he triggered a door alarm but did not breach airport security, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman said in a statement.
He received a $25 fine, according to court documents.
Rooney was released later the same day on a personal recognizance bond after been fined $25, said Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
It was not immediately clear why authorities had delayed releasing details of Rooney’s arrest for more than two weeks.
D.C. United said it was aware of the reports of Rooney’s arrest.
“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,” the club said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post.
It would be recalled that Rooney, all-time top scorer, joined the Major League Soccer club in mid-2018 in a deal that was reportedly worth more than $12 million and made him the highest paid player in D.C. United’s history.
Liverpool-born Rooney was the latest addition to an elite list of former England captains to cross the Atlantic, following David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.