Wayne Rooney blames his arrest on sleeping tablets

Wayne Rooney has blamed his arrest for being drunk and disorderly on sleeping pills.

The former Manchester United star was arrested in the US accused of public intoxication and swearing charges.

The 33-year-old football ace, who now plays for American team DC United, was taken into custody on December 16 in Virginia, officials said.

Rooney was charged and paid a $25 fine and $91 costs on January 4, according to documents from Loudoun General District Court.

A spokesman for Rooney said the star’s arrest came when he was left ‘disorientated’ by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking alcohol.

He added: ‘Wayne was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.

‘During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

‘He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor charge.

‘He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport.

‘The matter is now at an end.

‘Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.’

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