Premier League - Rooneys appeal for privacy
Reuters - Fri, 10 Sep 20:05:00 2010
Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen have appealed to the media for privacy and said a week of speculation about their marriage had been "extremely painful", while Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson angrily refused to talk about players' private lives.
The 24-year-old Manchester United striker and his wife have faced intense scrutiny since a tabloid newspaper ran a story about their private life last Sunday.
And, after Coleen's 12-year-old sister suffered a stroke as a result of complications surrounding an existing medical condition, the family have asked for their personal privacy to be respected.
"The last six days have been extremely painful for us and for our families," the couple said in a statement. "It is impossible for us, as it would be for any family, to attempt to resolve any issues in the current media glare and against the backdrop of so many inaccurate and intrusive stories.
"We would therefore ask that the media now respects our privacy and the right of our family to discuss these matters in private."
Rooney and his wife, also 24, met when they were still at school and married in June 2008. They have a 10-month-old son called Kai.
Ferguson, speaking in the pre-match press conference, said that he would not discuss the player's private life.
"Let's put it to bed," said the visibly riled United boss.
"I am not discussing any of my players' personal lives. Everyone's fit. Okay? Thank you."
Everton counterpart David Moyes, who gave Rooney his debut as a 16-year-old, said that anyone asking such questions was "not a good football journalist".
"If you're a gossip journalist you ask those questions," the deadpan Scot added.