Wayne Rooney has said sorry for his involvement in the hotel images scandal over the weekend.
Pictures went viral on social media of the Derby County boss asleep, surrounded by three young women.
Rooney was pictured sleeping on a chair while in a hotel with Snapchat model Tayler Ryan and her pals Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan over the weekend.
They had been at the exclusive club Chinawhite in Deansgate, Manchester, before moving on to a £60-a-night room at Staycity hotel. Rooney had been in Manchester following Derby’s pre-season defeat to Salford.
There is no suggestion that Rooney acted inappropriately. Cheshire Police confirmed on Tuesday that they would not be taking action against a complaint of blackmail made regarding the images after Rooney’s representatives believed there had been an illicit attempt to entrap him.
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.
“From me, I would like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round.
“I want to move forward on this. I’m grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs.