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Sheriff: Soccer star Rooney charged with public intoxication

LOUDON COUNTY, Va. — Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia said Rooney was jailed Dec. 16 after his arrest at the Dulles International Airport and then released on his own recognizance.

Court documents say Rooney was charged with public swearing and intoxication. He paid a $25 fine Friday.

The sheriff’s office referred questions to airport authorities. An airport spokesman said he was looking into what happened.

Rooney starred for Manchester United before coming to play for D.C. United this year.

The Washington-based team said in a statement that it was aware of news reports of the arrest but declined to comment beyond saying it “is a private matter that D.C. United will handle internally.”

The Associated Press