Wayne Rooney testified in his wife Coleen’s defamation lawsuit with Rebekah Vardy and claimed he had “no knowledge” of the sting operation that led to Coleen’s now famous tweet.
Wayne Rooney testified in his wife Coleen’s libel trial with Rebekah Vardy this morning.
The former England captain told the court he had “no knowledge” of his wife’s “sting operation” on Rebekah, which came to a head after the now famous October 2019 tweet.
Coleen claims Rebekah leaked information from her private Instagram account to the press, and Rebekah is now suing Coleen for defamation.
We look at the seven things we were told in court by the Derby County Executive today:
The effect of the trial on Coleen
Wayne told the court that his wife had become “a different mother and wife” since October 2019 and that the legal process had been “traumatic”.
He said: “I don’t think anyone wants to be in court. For me and my wife, we don’t want to be in court. Definitely not, I don’t think my wife wants to be in that situation.
“I’ve seen my wife over the last two and a half years really struggle with what’s going on. She’s become another mother, another wife.
“It has been traumatic for my wife throughout the situation and I hope that whatever the judgment in this case, my wife and our children can carry on and live our life because this is not something that we want to be part of.”
‘First time’ he heard the details of the sting
Wayne said it’s been a “long” week and the “first time” he’s heard details of Coleen’s headline-grabbing investigation for nearly three years.
He said Coleen mentioned in 2017 that she was “upset” about someone leaking information from her private Instagram account, but they didn’t discuss it further.
He said: “My wife explained that she believed the stories from the private Instagram account were leaked. I’m not big on social media. And I didn’t want to get involved.
“I think my wife is an independent woman who has her own affairs and I didn’t want to get involved in the situation at all.”
He said: “I came here to support my wife and this week was the first week I understood how it all happened.”
Wayne also confirmed he told Jamie Vardy about his wife Rebekah at Euro 2016 after being told by England manager Roy Hodgson that she needed to “calm down”.
The alleged conversation was the subject of a 2016 article in The Sun.
Wayne said today he was ‘snubbed’ by then England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant manager Gary Neville and asked to speak to Vardy about Rebekah’s column in The Sun.
Wayne said he remembered the conversation ‘because it was so awkward’ and took place in a games room where the England team spent their free time playing ‘darts and pool “.
He told the court: ‘They asked me, as captain, if I could speak to Mr Vardy about the problems we had with his wife.
“I think we all know it was a touchy subject to ask me to talk to Mr Vardy and ask him to talk to his wife, and ask him to ask his wife to calm down and not lift problems off the field, which was unnecessary.
“We had a games room with a dart board and table tennis table 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 such an awkward moment for me to have to talk to him.
Wayne agreed there were “a lot of made up stories” about the players and their partners in the press, but said: “I know I spoke to Jamie 100 per cent”.
He added: “If he continues to give this information to his wife, it’s entirely his choice, but it’s not mine.”
Rebekah and Jamie Vardy deny that this conversation took place.
Rebekah was ‘always Facetiming’ Jamie at the Euros
The comments came as Wayne was asked if he remembered a Facetime call with Rebekah after the story of the alleged conversation was published.
Rebekah alleges she asked her husband about the Sun article during a Facetime call and he turned the camera to Wayne, who told her the conversation didn’t happen.
He said, “I don’t remember that conversation ever taking place.
“What I remember is that Ms Vardy was on Facetime a lot throughout the tournament with Jamie. In the guys’ free time we played darts and pool, Ms Vardy was almost there with the team She was on Facetime a lot.
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Wayne ‘not good’ on social media
The court heard that Wayne had his own private Instagram account called “Wazzaroon08” on which he said he was “not very active”.
He said: “I’m not a social media big. We have four dependent children. Social networks are the least of my worries for me. I want to take care of my children and my wife.
“How Coleen went about Instagram business, whatever she was doing, I had no knowledge of.”
Wayne doesn’t talk to Sun reporters
Hugh Tomlinson QC, for Vardy, told Wayne: “Because you’re from Liverpool, talking to reporters at The Sun is seen as something that shouldn’t be done.”
Wayne said: “Yes, I think everyone knows the story between Liverpool and The Sun newspaper.
“I’ve never spoken to a reporter from The Sun on a personal level. Because as a manager of a football club there are reporters in press conferences and I spoke to them there but on a personal level, I don’t talk to them.
Wayne was in the United States when Wagatha broke out
Wayne told the court that the first time he knew about the sting operation was when the message was posted on October 9, 2019, when he was in America and Coleen was in England. .
He said, “I wake up, I’m not sure of the date, the date of the reveal message. With the jet lag, I was in the United States and my wife was in England.
“I had seen, I think it must have been around 2 or 1 p.m. in England, and I had seen that my wife had posted a message and that was the first time I had known about it.
“Of course I spoke to my wife, I spoke to [my advisor]. I tried to see what was going on because it was a surprise to me.
The trial continues.