Photos of the sleeping Derby County boss surrounded by three young women have gone viral on social media.
Rooney was pictured sleeping on a chair at a hotel with Snapchat model Tayler Ryan and friends Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan over the weekend, the Mirror reports.
They had gone to the exclusive Chinawhite club in Deansgate before upgrading to a £ 60 a night room at the Staycity hotel.
There is no suggestion that Rooney acted inappropriately. Cheshire Police confirmed on Tuesday that they would not take action against a blackmail complaint filed over the footage, after Rooney’s representatives believed there had been an illicit attempt to set him up.
Tonight he addressed the issue publicly.
Speaking immediately after Derby’s pre-season friendly with Real Betis, Rooney said: “I made a mistake. I went to a private party with two of my friends.
“For my part, I would like to apologize to my family and the club for the images that were circulating.
“I want to move on. I am grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to put this club in its place.
“I will do everything in my power to do it. “
Rooney was then questioned about whether he felt like a victim in the episode.
He added, “Yeah, but I don’t really want to go into specifics. Look, it’s settled and I can’t wait to move on and get ready for another game on Sunday. “
Max Bird scored a late goal to seal a welcome victory for the Rams, against a side that finished sixth in La Liga last season. It came as a welcome tonic to another eventful week at Pride Park.
In addition to the high-profile hotel episode, it was also revealed that Rooney’s tackle on one of his star players, Jason Knight, caused him an injury.
Knight injured his ankle in the training ground incident.
Of this, Rooney said, “With Jason, it was an incident on the training ground, which happens. I demand that the players train with a lot of intensity.
“The players are getting injured on the training ground, unfortunately Jason did and I can’t wait to get him back in good shape and ready for the selection.
“It’s football. I demand that we train as we play, and if I impose these demands on the players, the players will get injured. “
The Rams have been beset by ongoing tragedies in recent months.
The long list includes a grueling battle with the EFL, failed takeovers, a relegation fight that continued until the last day and a transfer embargo.
The latter means Rooney has so far been unable to add new players to his squad, with trialists being allowed to play in the warm-up matches. So far, none of those on trial has signed a permanent agreement.
Derby wraps up its preseason schedule on Sunday with a trip to Notts County ahead of its Championship opener at home against Huddersfield on August 7.
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