Premiership striker Wayne Rooney has been accused of spitting in a woman’s face in a nightclub, it emerged tonight.
The England and Everton star allegedly spat at the woman in the Ampersand nightclub in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Just hours earlier, Rooney had been part of the Everton team that lost at home to Manchester United 4-3.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said an allegation had been made, but he could not release any names.
He said: “Greater Manchester Police have received a complaint of an alleged common assault from a 23-year-old woman from Skelmersdale.
“It is claimed that an 18-year-old man spat in the woman’s face in a Manchester nightclub at around 3am on Sunday February 8.”
The spokesman said the complaint would be fully investigated.
Wayne Rooney’s manager, Paul Stretford of Proactive Sports Group, denied the allegations.
He said: “Any allegations being made against Wayne are fatuous and entirely false.
“The only untoward incident Wayne was aware of in the nightclub in question was when he was subject to a volley of verbal abuse from a young woman. Although he did not respond in any way, she spat at him and was subsequently ejected from the nightclub.
“Wayne was enjoying a perfectly legitimate night out after a big match. He was entirely sober throughout the evening.
“Wayne will cooperate fully with any police investigation. It is not something that causes Wayne or his management a moment’s concern.”
Mr Stretford said Rooney had been out with friends following the match on Saturday.