Wagatha Christie: Wayne Rooney is ‘furious’ with Jamie Vardy for accusing him of ‘talking nonsense’
Wayne Rooney is ‘furious’ with Jamie Vardy after the Leicester striker accused him of ‘talking nonsense’ on the witness stand in the Wagatha Christie libel trial, MailOnline can reveal.
Former England captain Wayne has said team manager Roy Hodgson asked him to have an “awkward” conversation with Jamie to tell his wife Rebekah to “calm down” during Euro 2016.
Wayne told the court during his deposition that Rebekah’s behavior was a distraction to the England team and that there were concerns that she was writing a newspaper column during the tournament.
But his former England teammate Jamie responded after Wayne’s evidence by issuing a press release accusing Wayne of being confused and insisting the players’ conversation never happened.
The extraordinary feud involving the two former England team-mates now threatens to be as vicious as the £3m lawsuit between their wives, Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy.
Coleen Rooney and her husband, Derby County Manager Wayne Rooney, leave the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday with a smile.
A source close to Rooney told MailOnline: “Jamie must have been aware of what Wayne was going to say weeks ago when his wife received all the witness statements from Coleen’s side.”
“If he really believed that what Wayne swore was not true, he should have had the guts to go into court and say it under oath like Wayne did.
“Instead, he and Becky left court early and he chose to make his statement outside, where he could not be held accountable for it.”
Former England captain Wayne, 36, told the High Court that he was instructed by then-manager Roy Hodgson during Euro 2016 to speak to his fellow striker about Rebekah’s media activities and ask him to “calm down”.
Rebekah, 40, who wrote a newspaper column for The Sun during the competition, told court the conversation never took place but her husband, Leicester City striker Jamie, 35, has not testified in court. the case.
Instead, yesterday he sat next to his wife and stared at Wayne from the pitch pit, especially as the former Manchester United star discussed the disputed conversation in the England camp games room.
After the mid-afternoon break, the Vardys left the court building early, shortly after Rebekah’s publicist released Jamie’s sensational statement through a news agency, accusing Wayne of “talking nonsense” and being ” confused”.
“Wayne is talking nonsense,” the statement said.
“He must be confused because he never talked to me about issues related to Becky’s media work at Euro 2016. There was nothing to talk about, I know because I discuss everything with Becky.”
Rebekah Vardy and her husband, Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, leave the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial early
The shocking press release no doubt caused astonishment in the court, which was still sitting, and it remains to be seen whether the judge, Justice Steyn, will express an opinion on it when the hearing resumes tomorrow with closing remarks.
A solicitor not involved in the case told MailOnline: “It is quite ironic, not to say disrespectful to the court, that having taken a case to trial centering on claims of media leaks, the Vardys decide make this point with a press release rather than from the witness stand.
Rebekah Vardy is suing Wayne’s wife, Coleen, 36, for libel over her viral social media post in which she claimed an undercover operation identified rival WAG as the source of leaks to her private Instagram account. to The Sun. Her detective work led to the case being nicknamed ‘Wagatha Christie’.
Rooney described how it had been “awkward” being asked to speak to the striker about his wife. He said the request came from Hodgson and Gary Neville, the England assistant manager.
The conversation appears to have occurred shortly before England were eliminated from the tournament by Iceland. “I was asked, as a captain, if I could talk to Mr. Vardy about issues related to his wife, and I think we all knew it was an uncomfortable subject,” he said. “I would need to talk to Mr. Vardy and ask him to talk to his wife and ask his wife to calm down.”
He said the conversation took place in the game room at the team’s headquarters while Jamie Vardy had a Red Bull and he had coffee.
Wayned added: “It was awkward for me to have to talk to a teammate about his wife. If Jamie wanted to pass the information on to his wife, that’s up to him. I don’t know if he did.
It wasn’t my place to talk to Mrs. Vardy. I was asked to speak to Mr. Vardy and if Jamie wants to pass that instruction on to his wife, that is his option.
Wayne said Jamie spent so much time on FaceTime video calls with his wife at the team base that it was “almost like she was there with the team.”
England’s Wayne Rooney talks to England’s Jamie Vardy in London in June 2016
He said the England players agreed before the tournament that “we didn’t want any distractions”. We didn’t want any newspaper columns.
The feud comes as the sides prepare for tomorrow’s final day of evidence in the blockbuster trial, which has captivated millions with its twists and turns, and even divided households into #TeamRooney or #TeamVardy factions.
Others have obsessed over the rivals’ expensive outfits as they arrive and Rooney’s often comical court sketches, whose image drawn while sitting next to his wife has drawn comparisons to Lenin, Wayne Lineker, Mike Tyson and even the humble Maris Piper potato.
The final day will consist of closing remarks by Rebekah’s solicitor, Hugh Tomlinson QC, and then his counterpart David Sherborne for Coleen.
Each one is expected to last about half a day, with lawyers summarizing witness statements and trying to convince the judge of the merits of their case.
There is no jury in the case and the judge’s decision is expected to be set aside for a date to be set in a few weeks.