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Friday, October 22, 2010

Rooney's Home Stormed by Mob

Fury ... protesting fans gather outside Wayne Rooney's house

Fury ... protesting fans gather outside Wayne Rooney's house
Ray Bradbury


AN angry mob of balaclava-clad Man United fans stormed Wayne Rooney's home last night, demanding to know why he wants to leave. The striker called cops.

Fans who gathered outside carried a sinister banner warning: "Sign for City and you're dead."
Threatened ... Wayne Rooney
Threatened ... Wayne Rooney
Paul Cousans
The protesters - from Manchester United's notorious Men In Black "firm" - planned to plant the sign outside the wantaway Red Devil's £4million mansion.
But police arrived to disperse the demonstration before they were able to do it.
United fans fear the England striker, 25 on Sunday, could sign for their arch local rivals Man City after insisting he wants to leave Old Trafford - accusing the club of lacking ambition.
Scary ... mob gather outside gates to Rooney's £4m Cheshire mansion
Scary ... mob gather outside gates to Rooney's £4m Cheshire mansion
More than 40 supporters descended on the star's home as he enjoyed a night in with wife Coleen and their baby son Kai.
Arriving in a convoy of cars, they buzzed repeatedly on the footballer's intercom - telling him to come out and face them.
One said through the speaker grille: "We want to talk to you, Wayne. We want you to explain the real reason you want to leave. We're not going to hurt you."
Rooney saw the mob outside his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, at 8.30pm last night and refused to answer the door.
Order restored ... cops disperse crowd as security guards move in
Order restored ... cops disperse crowd as security guards move in
Ray Bradbury
He dialled 999 and alerted United's private security firm CES. Eight cops arrived within ten minutes and threatened to arrest the fans for public order offences unless they dispersed.


Rooney watched the drama from an upstairs window. He and his family were left unhurt but shaken. Officers went indoors to speak with him. Last night six security men were standing guard.
Target ... Rooney faced demo
Target ... Rooney faced demo
A police source said: "Rooney saw the fans on the camera by his gate and around the front of his property and called security.
"Officers arrived and told the fans they'd made their point and threatened them with arrest."
The invasion resembled a scene from 2009 movie Looking For Eric in which a gang of fans wearing masks of United legend Eric Cantona burst into a thug's house.
And it echoed the incident when a balaclava-wearing group turned up at team-mate Rio Ferdinand's house after he delayed signing a new deal in May 2005.
Last night the mob's leader, who refused to be named, said: "We don't believe what Rooney said about his reasons for leaving the club. We want answers.
"The club is struggling for money but it was struggling for money four months ago - so what's changed?
"He has got himself in a mess in his private life and we understand if he wants to run away abroad, but the least we deserve is that he's honest with us.
"If he joins City it's going to go off and he'll be seeing us again."
Another fan said: "We're not here to scare him - we're fans, not thugs. But I can tell Wayne one thing, he wants to forget joining City. That really wouldn't be a good thing to do."
No arrests were made. In 2002 David Beckham was barracked by members of the Men In Black in Budapest after United were beaten by lowly Hungarians Zalaegerszeg.
The gang name originates from a 1989 clash with die-hard West Ham fans in London.
Earlier yesterday Rooney was blasted by his own team-mates over his claims he was quitting because United lacked ambition.
Senior stars were said to have suggested the striker should never play for United again.
Rooney was shunned as he arrived grim-faced at the club's Carrington training ground for treatment to his injured ankle.
Meanwhile manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 68, spent three hours meeting chief executive David Gill for talks about the player's future.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher - a pal of Rooney's - said: "High-profile players have left in the past but the club itself just keeps going."
Rooney, contracted until 2012, claimed United failed to give him "assurances" about the future quality of the squad.
A club statement last night said: "There are no developments of note to report today."
Ex-England boss Graham Taylor, 66, last night said Rooney would need protection "for the rest of his life" if he joined City.


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