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Wayne Rooney dials 999 as United mob protest outside his home
Published : 22 Oct 2010 09:59:59
Manchester United's want-away striker Wayne Rooney was forced to dial 999 when an angry mob of balaclava-clad Reds fans turned up at his house. Up to 30 hooded men converged on the star's £4.5m mansion in leafy Prestbury, Cheshire at 8.30pm last night. It is understood some of the protestors carried a banner warning him not to join United's bitter rivals, Manchester City. Others are believed to have repeatedly pressed on his intercom - demanding he come out and face them. Rooney spotted the gang and called police himself, an M.E.N. source confirmed. They arrived and dispersed the crowd. The protest came after the England star, 24, dropped the bombshell news that he no longer wanted to play for United. There is rising speculation that he may be heading down the road to Eastlands - a nightmare scenario for Old Trafford fans. Rooney's refusal to sign a new contract was revealed by a crestfallen Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week and has been met with anger by supporters of the club. His house, surrounded by gates and walls is on a 'millionaires' row'. Neighbours include fellow United players Wes Brown and Michael Carrick. Cheshire Police confirmed an incident had occurred but refused to give further details. A spokesman for the force said: "Cheshire Police can confirm that at 8.30pm, a call was received from a resident in Prestbury regarding 20 to 30 people assembling outside their address. "Police attended the scene and the group dispersed peacefully. No offences were disclosed." United's chief executive, David Gill, has pleaded for patience as talks with the player continue. On Wednesday, Rooney released a statement saying United no longer matched his ambition. Sir Alex said just hours later that he wanted to put the whole matter to bed. He held talks with Mr Gill about the matter yesterday. Mr Gill later spoke with Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford. The club issued a statement which said: "We are aware that there is intense public and media interest on the club at the moment, but there are no developments of note to report. "We can confirm a number of meetings have taken place today, including with the player's representative. "The outcome of those meetings will become clear in the near future. In the meantime, fans are asked to be patient."