Wayne Rooney gave evidence in his wife Coleen’s defamation trial to Rebekah Vardy and claimed he had “no idea” about the stinging activity that led to Coleen’s now-famous tweet.
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Wayne Rooney gave evidence in the early morning trial of his wife Coleen’s defamation case against Rebekah Vardy.
The former England captain told the court he was “not aware” of his wife’s ‘vaccination activity’ on Rebekah, which came after the famous October 2019 tweet.
Coleen claims Rebekah leaked information from her personal Instagram account to the press, and Rebekah is currently suing Coleen for defamation.
We look at seven things we were told in court by the Derby County manager today:
Effect of the trial on Coleen
Wayne told the court his wife had been “a mother and another wife” since October 2019 and that the legal process had been “traumatic”.
“I don’t think anyone wants to go to court,” he said. As for me and my wife, we don’t want to go to court. I definitely don’t, I don’t think my wife wants to be in that situation.
“I’ve been watching my wife for the past two and a half years really grapple with what’s going on. She became another mother, another wife.
“It has been painful for my wife throughout the situation and I hope that regardless of the verdict in this case, my wife and our children can move on and live their lives because it’s not the case. what we want to be a part of.”
‘First time’ he heard details of the sting
Wayne said it’s been “a long week” and this is the “first time” he’s heard details of Coleen’s investigation that has caused a stir in nearly three years.
He said Coleen mentioned in 2017 that she was “sad” about someone leaking information from her personal Instagram account, but they didn’t discuss it again.
He said: “My wife explained that she believes stories from her personal Instagram account are being leaked. I’m not big on social media. And I don’t want to participate.
“I think my wife is an independent woman with her own business and I don’t want to get involved in the situation like before.”
He said: “I’ve been here to support my wife and this week is the first week I don’t know how things have turned out.”
Wayne also confirmed that he spoke to Jamie Vardy about his wife Rebekah during Euro 2016 after being told by England manager Roy Hodgson she needed to “calm down”.
The alleged conversation was the subject of a 2016 article in The Sun.
Wayne said he was “pulled aside” by England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant coach Gary Neville today and asked to speak to Vardy about Rebekah’s column for The Sun.
Wayne said he remembers the conversation “because it was awkward” and took place in a game room where the England team spent their downtime playing “darts and billiards”.
He told the court: “As captain, they asked me if I could talk to Mr Vardy about the problems we had with his wife.
“I think we are all familiar with asking me to speak to Mr Vardy and asking him to speak to his wife and also asking him to ask her to calm down and not bring any issues to the pitch. grass is unnecessary.
“We have a game room with a dart board and ping pong, and I sat down with Mr. Vardy and talked to him. I remember he had a can of Red Bull and I had a coffee. I remember the details of that conversation because it was an awkward moment for me to have to talk to him.”
Wayne agreed that there were “a lot of made-up stories” about players and their partners in the press but said: “I know I spoke to Jamie 100 per cent”.
He added: “Whether he continues to give that information to his wife, it’s entirely his choice but it’s not up to me.”
Both Rebekah and Jamie Vardy denied this conversation took place.
Rebekah always ‘faces’ Jamie at Euro
The comments came when Wayne was asked if he remembered the Facetime call with Rebekah after the story of the alleged conversation emerged.
Rebekah alleges that she asked her husband about Sun’s article during a Facetime call and he turned the camera on to Wayne, who told her the conversation didn’t happen.
“I don’t remember ever having that conversation,” he said.
“What I recall is that Mrs. Vardy appeared on Facetime a lot during the tournament with Jamie. During the time we played darts and billiards, Mrs. Vardy was almost there with the team. She’s been on Facetime a lot.”
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Wayne is ‘not good’ on social media
The court heard Wayne had his own personal Instagram account called ‘Wazaroon08’ which he said he was “not very active”.
“I’m not big on social media,” he said. We have four children to take care of. Social media for me is the least of my worries. I want to take care of my children and my wife.
“How Coleen was in terms of Instagram’s business, whatever she was doing, I had no idea.”
Wayne does not speak to Sun journalists
Hugh Tomlinson QC, for Vardy, told Wayne: “Because you’re from Liverpool, talking to Sun journalists is considered a no-no.”
Wayne said: “Yes, I think everyone knows the history between Liverpool and The Sun.
“I have never spoken to a Sun journalist on a personal level. Because as the manager of a football club, there are journalists in press conferences and I have talked to them there but personally, I do not speak to them. “
Wayne was in America when Wagatha broke up
Wayne testified in court the first time he learned about the electrostimulation surgery was when the post was published on October 9, 2019, while he was in the US and Coleen in the UK.
He said: “I woke up, I don’t know the date, what the disclosure date was. With the time difference, I’m in the US and my wife is in the UK.
“I saw, I think it must have been around 2pm or 1pm in the UK, and I saw my wife had posted an article and that was the first knowledge I had about it.
“Of course I talked to my wife, I talked to [my advisor]. I was trying to see what was going on because it was a surprise for me.”
The trial continued.
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