Last week, The Sun on Sunday published pictures of Wayne Rooney seemingly getting into a lift at a hotel in Vancouver with a "mystery woman", implying he was once again cheating on his wife.
The Sun have published a number of stories and opinion pieces on the back of their original front page story, discussing Rooney's marriage. It's also given them the opportunity to publish witty headlines such as "WAIT TILL ROO GET HOME".
Rooney, who plays in the MLS with DC United until the end of the American season was out with team-mates after a game in the Canadian city. He was pictured apparently dancing with a girl in a night club, while later pictured beside another woman in his hotel foyer.
Today, Rooney has released a statement calling out The Sun for their story, suggesting they published a story "they know" is "not true". Rooney also claims the photos were "selected and edited to create a sensational and completely untrue story about me".
The Sun - Enough is enough pic.twitter.com/lCICTdwfwt
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 28, 2019
The Sun this ween ran a front page story making it look like I took a girl back to my team hotel. They know that it's not true and that I did not. They are using mine and my family's name to sell papers.
Nothing happened between me and any girl on that night in Vancouver. I did not enter the lift alone with the girl pictured in the hotel foyer.
The pictured in the club was simply one of many who innocently asked for autographs and pictures.
The photographs published by The Sun were taken by a freelance photographer who followed me and team mates to take long range shots, without our knowledge or permission.
The pictures sold to the newspaper were selected and edited to create a sensational and completely untrue story about me.
This whole story was a smear against me. It is damaging to my family and not something I am prepared to put up with.
It will be interesting to see how the paper will respond to this statement or if Rooney plans to take the matter further.