Footage obtained by the Sunday Mirror appears to show Manchester United and England captain, Wayne Rooney, stealing prized Nike souvenirs on CCTV recordings of the VIP box in Wembley.
The astonishing footage shows Rooney stealing a range of items from a Nike display in their corporate VIP box; a CCTV camera recorded his every move.
Security film shows Rooney, 30, repeatedly turning to his three friends (stroke accomplices) as he decides which items to claim as his own.
At one point in the recording, he reveals a trainer that had been stuffed down the back of his trousers to the group before adding to his bag of hot goods.
Improvising a loot bag, Wayne decides to take a plastic liner from a nearby bin, empties the refuse out and pops footwear and other items into the bag. The footage from the heart of Wembley and English football has put father of three Rooney’s behaviour under the public spotlight once again.
Unaware that footage existed, a spokesman for Rooney denied the England captain had taken anything:
“There is no truth whatsoever in the anonymous claims which the Sunday Mirror has put to us. They are false and defamatory of Wayne Rooney.”
“Wayne Rooney took no items whatsoever from the Nike box.”
Wayne Rooney’s Spokesman
Rooney took to social media to deny the allegations:
However replays of the CCTV appear show Rooney taking a swing at the bag with his foot before he exits the box in the late evening.
Wembley officials recently tightened security following a number of thefts within the stadium.
It is understood from a source within the security staff at Wembley that the stadium personel had been struggling to deal with a number of theft incidents from around the ground ranging as far back as 2007. In 2014, a number of signed England shirts were reported to have been stolen after international fixtures; electronic items and memorabilia were also taken from the Nike and EE corporate box.
In the days after Rooney and his friends were occupying the box at Wembley, Nike reported numerous thefts from their hospitality suite to Wembley’s security.
The thefts are currently being investigated and if found guilty, Rooney will enter the CCTV hall of infamy alongside other Premier League and England Stars…
Steven Gerrard’s Assault
Steven Gerrard, preparing to captain England in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the time of the incident, was recorded clashing with a bar owner in the street – it’s understood an argument took place in Woodward’s Winebar, in Liverpool’s upmarket Formby area, on August 4, 2013.
A court ruled on the incident that the LA Galaxy midfielder was trying to defuse the ruck although the new footage that has emerged provides fresh evidence to the contrary.
“Mr Gerrard was seeking to avoid any involvement or any form of aggression or confrontation, and as far as he was concerned was attempting to defuse the situation.”
Prosecutor Richard Haworth
The midfielder, seen as an inspirational figure to many, is seen to throw punches towards the victim’s face before he is dragged away by two men.
On the CCTV recording, Gerrard can also be seen grappling with the victim and appears to be holding him against a wall.
Merseyside Police has reiterated:
“As with any other case if new evidence comes to light in relation to a case it would be reviewed.”
Joey Barton Gets Sent To Prison
Undoubtedly the most violent example on the list, the infamous Joey Barton incident saw the then-Newcastle bad boy jailed for 6 months.
Barton, 25 at the time of the incident, was captured on CCTV in Liverpool on 27 December 2007 punching one man 20 times before an attack which left a teenage boy with broken teeth.
It was reported that Barton had drunk 10 pints of lager and five bottles of lager during the night before going to a McDonald’s restaurant on Church Street.
Joey Barton was captured on CCTV knocking an unidentified man to the ground with a punch to the face. He then straddled him and punched him four or five times as his cousin jeered and threw food at the victim. The Premier League player proceeded to punch him up to 15 times more.
Bradley Wright-Phillips Burgles A Nightclub
Then Southampton players, Nathan Dyer, a playerat Swansea City and Bradley Wright-Phillips, star striker for the New York Red Bulls, were charged following an incident at the Bar Bluu club in Southsea, Hants, in February 2008.
Police were alerted after the pair were caught red handed on CCTV entering an unlocked staff room at the club during the early hours of the morning. The pair can be seen rifling through handbags looking over their shoulders to check for security.
Staff later claimed that three mobile phones, £145 in cash, student cards and cigarettes had been stolen from three handbags, belonging to £5.50-an-hour barmaids who had spent the night serving the players cocktails.
Striker Wright-Phillips was earning about £8,000 a week at the time, whilst Dyer earnt an estimated £5,000 a week.