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Rooney busted in U.S. in December for being drunk, swearing in public

Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication. Court documents say Rooney was charged with public swearing and intoxication. He paid a $25 US fine Friday.

Former English soccer star was jailed after Dec. 16 arrest in Washington, released

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office in Virginia says D.C. United soccer player Wayne Rooney was jailed on Dec. 16 after his arrest for public intoxication at the Dulles International Airport and then released on his own recognizance. (Alastair Grant/Associated Press/File)

Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication.

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office in Virginia said Rooney was jailed Dec. 16 after his arrest at the Dulles International Airport and then released on his own recognizance.

Court documents say Rooney was charged with public swearing and intoxication. He paid a $25 fine Friday.

The sheriff's office referred questions to airport authorities. An airport spokesman said he was looking into what happened.

Before coming to play in the U.S. this year, Rooney, 33, starred for Manchester United in the English Premier League. His 208 career goals make him the league's second all-time scorer. He was also the all-time leading scorer for England's national team.

When he joined Washington-based D.C. United, he became the latest in a series of European stars to play for U.S.-based Major League Soccer late in their careers. He helped the team reach the playoffs last year.

The Washington-based team said in a statement that it was aware of news reports of the arrest, but declined further comment. "We understand the media's interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally," the team said.