Gimleting addiction is on the rise, as Rooney signs a football deal with club Derby County that is funded by the gambling giant 32Red.
Rooney has been earing around £300,000 per week, worth millions and now is encouraging young people to gamble.
The Church of England attacked Wayne Rooney over his multi-million pound football tie-in with a gambling firm. Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, said he was furious the ex-England captain will wear a shirt with the number 32 on to promote online casino 32Red.
In stinging comments, the Church’s gambling spokesman said Rooney should make decisions in the interests of his young fans ‘and not his bank balance’.
Former Manchester United ace Rooney, 33, has been playing in the US for Washington club DC United. When he starts at Championship club Derby County in January, he will be paid a reported £100,000-a-week – which would net him £7.8million over the 18-month contract.
‘Players need to start using their considerable power to reject gambling’s influence on football,’ he added.
The bishop’s rebuke will pile pressure on the striker and his new club, Derby County, who have already faced a barrage of criticism since the £7.8million deal was announced on Tuesday.
The move has been condemned by former England stars and MPs, who said the player was ‘selling his soul’.
Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, said he was furious the ex-England captain will wear a shirt with the number 32 on to promote online casino 32Red
It came as Rooney’s wife Coleen was reported to be angry at the betting firm tie-up because of the father-of-four’s heavy gambling losses in the past.
Dr Smith, who is a peer and member of the parliamentary select committee inquiry into gambling-related harm, voiced the Church of England’s opposition yesterday.
He said: ‘Coleen Rooney is reportedly angry with Wayne’s decision to wear a football shirt adorned front and back with gambling ads, and so am I.
‘Football needs to wake-up to the fact their shirt sponsorship deals will have a negative impact on the welfare of many of their fans, particularly children.
‘I was shocked recently to meet two families who no longer allow their children to watch football matches as they feel they are being primed to gamble in the future.
‘It is not just the clubs that must take a stand. Players need to start using their considerable power to reject gambling’s influence on football.
Posted by David Pilkington
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