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Rooney On The Cigs – Out Of Order?

Wayne Rooney Coleen HoneymoonWayne Rooney got married to childhood sweetheart, Colleen McLoughlin, a fortnight ago, and is currently enjoying his honeymoon in Las Vegas.

There were talks of a rift between Rooney and Ferdinand following Rio’s late decline of a wedding invitation, although I’m sure this is nothing more than paper talk.

What I’m more concerned with is the fact Rooney has been smoking cigarettes during his time away, which obviously isn’t what you’d be expecting from a professional athlete.

I’m one of those who’d be happier if the smoking ban hadn’t come in place (the smell of piss and vomit, coupled with having to shiver outside in the winter months sway me) so don’t take this as an anti-smoking campaign. But what the fuck is Rooney thinking about??

Wayne Rooney smoking Manchester UnitedLounging in the pool, Rooney can quite clearly be seen with a fag in his hand.

Some might say that players need to unwind when the season is over, and Rooney has worked bloody hard for us in the one that has just finished.

It is seen as more socially acceptable for athletes to drink when they’re not playing (and it was only 15 years ago that the United lads used to head down the pub for a few drinks after playing at Old Trafford!), but is it any worse to be smoking?

Do you think Fergie should be having a word when Rooney returns to training?

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Arni says:

    He can do what he wants in the off-season (within reason i.e. legal). As long as he’s fit and ready for the new season, which i’ve no doubt he’ll work harder than most to be.

    Give him a break (literally).

  2. jimmy Bob says:

    didn’t do cruyff or socrates much harm did it?

  3. Jonny F says:

    jimmy Bob – Also Zidane & Maradona, and our own Fabian Barthez…….

  4. indianpunk says:

    No way is fergie gonna talk to hm abt this

    its his freaking honeymoon let the lad enjoy for a wee bit will ya

    show the performance on field and we got nothing against you the day dedication goes down all this will come in picture until then chillax dude

  5. kony says:

    is it me or have we officially started to make a big deal out of everything.. SAF will be back momentarilly to restore order! chillax for now.. What rooney does in his private life is his business, as long as he keeps on playin the way he does am never complaining.. a lone supporter once lifted a sign on the old trafford stands “Thank you for Rooney!” indeed

  6. Stephen says:

    That was in the past and young footballers should know better these days, not very proffesional one would say.

    I love him to death but does not put out the right image to kids does it?

    Not that is the be all and end all, we arent kids but and don’t give a fuck about his ranting at refs but really should a professional sportsman smoke the answer surely is no?

  7. jesbit says:

    smokes seriously affect accelaration and endurance, two very important aspects of roonz game.he should be wiser than that.

  8. Jas Rai says:

    Nothing wrong with it if he keeps playing as he is….i

  9. Tom F says:

    Maybe I am naive and maybe baised as I am a non-smoker (maybe I should play for United instead :D ) but that is very suprising for me if I’m honest. I was suprised to see Germany’s manager smoking the other day in Eurp 2008…

    Maybe it’s because it obviously happens but we don’t see it much. I don’t think it’ll do him harm as long as he keeps it to when he’s on holiday and away from United.

    Very strange for the modern game but not for a Scouser.

  10. Stephen says:

    Tom, he is an honorary Manc mate, not a Scouse!!

  11. Primachenko says:

    las vegas??? really??? of all places???

  12. Kunal says:

    Hope he doesnt have any or get any gambling addiction like other scousers…

  13. blindkat says:

    Hey all my only thought is how many smokers do you know who only smoke when they are on vacation? Seems like something you either do or don’t do. Maybe he only smokes when drinking? I don’t know but I think the difference between now and Cruyff,etc did it was everybody did it then, 80% of players were probaby acoholics, as well, I don’t care about the kids all I care about is United winning lol If he keeps running back on d and scoring he can smoke whatever he wants.

  14. Tom F says:

    haha…. he certainly is Stephen. He had bleach bath when he joined United.

  15. Kevin says:

    George Best….

    Need more…Maradona

    Smoking is not the best habit and can hurt a player, but his choice is his choice. Does it hurt him yes, but if its not a habit and its a leisure time activity than he can run it off the effects in pre-season training.

  16. Tom F says:

    Well actually I have always hated smoking… but now Wazza does it, I might start smoking myself :)

  17. Will says:

    Maybe it’s possible Rooney has always smoked just he was caught doing it this time?

  18. ManUnited10Titles says:

    I am a non-smoker myself, but if everything goes according to plan on my honeymoon I plan on needing a few cigs myself!!!

  19. sandy says:

    With the massive amount of training these fella’s off ours have, i don’t see it as a problem. Maybe when he gets older he’ll get cancer, but it is in the end his own choice.

  20. Tim says:

    Simply put he is a professional athlete doing something that has been clinically proven to harm long term health as well as cardiovascular endurance. One of Rooneys best qualities is his work rate, it would be ridiculous for him to destroy his lungs and decrease his fitness level, even by 2 or 3 % he would be losing a valuable edge

  21. karoon manutd says:

    rooney should not smoke he is a sportsman but any way it is his wish

  22. jonas says:

    this is photoshoped.. he has his hand on the thingy and this “cigarette” is just a drawn white line that some funny guy has been drawing

  23. Scott the Red says:

    Jonas – watch the video I linked above.

  24. roders says:

    Wayne Rooney is already a legend,nuff said. The bloke can do wot ever he likes as far as i’m concerned, he can smoke his B&H or even shag 20 grannies, if thats wot he likes. The blokes the best footballer in the country so eff off and leave him alone…


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