Footballer Wayne Rooney spoke in “broken English” when he was arrested for public intoxication at an airport in Washington, a police report says.
The document, obtained by Deadspin, said the DC United footballer also “had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage about him” when he was stopped by an officer.
Rooney was taken into custody on December 16 and later issued a $25 fine and ordered to pay $91 costs at a court appearance on January 4.
The newly emerged report, from the incident at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, was made after authorities were alerted to a person going through a security door.
Giving their account, an officer said: “When I arrived I observed an individual leaning on the railing with a black backpack on the floor at his side.
“I approached the individual and in his broken English he stated he went through the door at the bottom of the stairs because he thought it was a lift.
“Mr Rooney had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage about his person, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet, and was not travelling with anyone.”
In a statement following the incident, Rooney’s spokesman said the footballer had taken sleeping tablets which in conjunction with some alcohol had made him disorientated.
“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.
“He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge.
“He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.
“Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.
“No further comment will be made.”