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Wayne Rooney Hires Bodyguard From Manchester United To Chauffeur Him During Drink-Driving Ban

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Wayne Rooney has hired a bodyguard from Manchester United to ferry him around during his two-year driving ban.

Wayne Rooney’s bodyguard has been revealed as ex-Old Trafford worker Damian Hall, nicknamed ‘Big Ginge’

It means Rooney, 31, is unable to take himself to and from Everton’s Finch Farm training ground.

And now, Damien Hall, known as “Big Ginge”, will take Manchester United’s highest-ever goalscorer on the 80-mile round trip from his £20million mansion home in Prestbury, Cheshire, to Everton’s Finch Farm facility on the outskirts of Liverpool.

Damian Hall will drive Wayne Rooney to and from Everton training ground Finch Farm

Both Rooney and his wife Coleen trusts Mr Hall and so they have appointed him to make sure that the former England skipper arrives safely and on time.

Damien Hall worked for the Controlled Solutions Group, who manage all Manchester United’s security issues.

And reports suggest that Mr Hall has been given permission to work exclusively for Rooney.

Rooney arrives at court with his bodyguard

A source said: “Damien is well known to both Wayne and Coleen.

“He is also well known to all the players at United and will be a regular face at Finch Farm now.”

Wayne Rooney has hired Damian Hall to chauffeur him around while he serves a driving ban

Damien escorted Wayne into court on Monday as the former Man Utd was slapped with a two-year ban after being found three times the limit when arrested at the wheel of party girl Laura Simpson’s VW Beetle.

The 31-year old, who now plays for his boyhood club Everton FC, appeared in the magistrate’s court at Stockport in Greater Manchester.

Rooney is driven to training

The court was told that Rooney’s breathalyser reading was 104mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. He was given a two-year driving ban and also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.

The footballer arrived at court flanked by police officers

Rooney arrived at the courthouse flanked by two bodyguards and his agent to be greeted by a media scrum as photographers tussled to get pictures of the football superstar.

The court heard that Rooney had written a letter to the district judge hearing the case, expressing his remorse and regret at facing the drink-drive charge, describing it as a terrible error of judgement.

Rooney seen arriving at court

In court the judge told Rooney: “I accept your remorse is genuine. I accept the effects this has had in you and your family.”

Rooney was stopped by a police patrol in the early hours of September 1 and was arrested after failing a roadside breath test which indicated he had exceeded the legal alcohol limit.

Rooney pictured leaving the court after being banned from driving for two years

Rooney’s arrest took a major turn when national newspapers revealed that at the time he was stopped he was driving a car belonging to 29-year old Laura Simpson, who was in the passenger seat alongside Rooney. His pregnant wife Coleen Rooney and their three children were holidaying at the time in Majorca. Rooney’s wife flew back to Manchester in a private jet after hearing about her husband’s arrest.

Laura Simpson was with Everton star during drink-driving arrest

Media reports said Rooney’s wife was not with him during the court hearing. There is also speculation in the media that Everton FC will impose a fine of two week’s salary, around 270,000 U.S. dollars, on Rooney.

In a statement issued after the court hearing Rooney said: “Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.

He admitted drink-driving at court this morning

“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career. Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

Rooney appear to smile as he left court with a community sentence

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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