Wayne Rooney issues apology but says he was the victim after viral party girl pictures

Wayne Rooney is looking to move on from the controversy that has surrounded him in recent days (Picture: Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney has issued an apology to his family and to Derby County after images of him with women in a nightclub and a hotel room went viral at the weekend.

The Rams manager was pictured close with women at a club and then asleep in a hotel room with half-naked women later on Saturday night.

There was no suggestion of wrongdoing on Rooney’s part and he contacted the police, claiming he was blackmailed over the photographs, but it put him, his family and his club in an awkward situation, for which he has apologised.

After Derby beat Real Betis in a friendly on Wednesday night, Rooney told Sky Sports: ‘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

‘I will do everything in my power to do that.’

One of the photos of Rooney at a nightclub which went viral on Sunday

The three women who took photos of Wayne Rooney asleep in a hotel room after a the night out in Manchester have apologised to him and handed over the copyright of the images for £1.

Rooney struck a deal with Brooke Morgan, Elise Melvin and Eleanor Hoggarth, who took the photos.

Rooney’s spokesperson said the three girls apologised and said they got ‘carried away’ after their chance encounter with the former Manchester United and England striker.

Asked by Sky Sports if Rooney felt the victim in the situation, he said: ‘Yes, but I don’t really want to go into that.

‘Listen, it’s dealt with and I’m looking forward to moving forward and preparing for another game on Sunday.’

A statement released to The Mirror read: ‘The three girls who took the photographs contacted Wayne’s lawyers and volunteered to hand over all pictures that were taken that night and the copyrights in them.

‘They have also, at their own suggestion, made a written apology to him for the events that took place and the embarrassment caused.

‘These were three decent young women who went for a night out. They did not expect Wayne to end up in their company and are remorseful about how things turned out with the pictures.

‘They got carried away and did something they later regretted. They did not expect it to end up in the mainstream media after it was posted on social media and they decided to take steps to put things right.

‘It would be wrong to say no money changed hands because when a contract is drawn up there must be a sum and in this case it was a nominal £1.

‘They have fulsomely apologised because they wanted to do what they saw as the right thing and draw a line under the matter.’

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