Ruling due today in Rooney court case

Wayne Rooney will today discover whether he has won the latest round of a multimillion-pound legal fight with a sports management firm.

Wayne Rooney will today discover whether he has won the latest round of a multimillion-pound legal fight with a sports management firm.

Proactive, which used to represent Rooney and his wife Coleen, says it is owed "commission payments" and has made a £4.3m (€5m) claim.

The 26-year-old Manchester United and England striker disputes the claim.

Rooney claimed victory after the first round in July 2010.

Judge Brendan Hegarty QC ruled that Rooney should pay £5,000 (€5,829), and his wife around £90,000 (€104,917), following a hearing at Manchester Mercantile Court

Proactive appealed, during a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London in July 2011, and asked three appeal judges to overturn the ruling.

Rooney argued that Judge Hegarty's ruling was correct and said the appeal should be dismissed.

The three appeal judges - Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Sullivan and Lord Justice Gross - will announce their decision today.

Judge Hegarty heard that Rooney had been signed by agent Paul Stretford for Proactive in 2002 when at Everton.

Mr Stretford, a founder and director of Proactive, left the firm in 2008. He launched a new sports management firm and took Rooney with him. Rooney had not made commission payments on deals after Mr Stretford left, the judge was told.

Proactive argued that because contracts were brokered by Mr Stretford while he was still at the firm, it was due commission.

Christopher Jeans QC, for Proactive, told the appeal court how Judge Hegarty had dubbed the dispute a "tug of war".

"The judge described these present proceedings as something of a tug of war between Proactive and Mr Stretford over the right to represent Wayne Rooney," said Mr Jeans.

"They (Proactive) have not tried to hold Mr Rooney to Proactive but seek to be paid for the contracts they secured."

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