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Wayne Rooney considers legal action against News of the World

Detectives tell Manchester United striker that his phone may have been hacked by private investigator.

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MANCHESTER UNITED STAR Wayne Rooney is considering taking legal action against the News of the World for breach of privacy.

Police warned the Engliand man that he may have been a target of phone hacking by the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was on the paper’s books.

Earlier Rooney tweeted, saying he would focus on the crucial league run-in and Manchester United’s likely Champions League final date at Wembley, leaving the phone controversy to his legal team.

He wrote: “Gonna get my lawyers to deal with phone hacking until end of season. So I can focus on helping MUFC win trophies. Thx for all ur support.

The Guardian reports that the striker was visited by police last week because his name “was shown pages from Mulcaire’s notebooks, which listed his mobile phone number and those of his associates”.

“Rooney was the subject of several high-profile News of the World exclusives in 2005 and 2006 and is thought to be angry his phone was allegedly targeted. There is no suggestion the stories in question were obtained by hacking into Rooney’s phone, however.”

Earlier he wrote on his Twitter page: “Scotland Yard detectives came to see me earlier and showed me some documents, looks like a newspaper have hacked into my phone.#Bigsurprise”.

The BBC report that Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford met Scotland Yard detectives three weeks ago and they told him he may also have been targeted by Mulcaire.

The so-called super-agent is considering legal action.

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