Wayne Rooney wins payout on Sun slap story

By Dominic Ponsford

The Sun and the News of the World have agreed to pay England football star Wayne Rooney £100,000 in damages over false claims that he slapped his girlfriend.

But another libel trial still beckons over claims in The Sun that he slept with a woman they dubbed “the haggard hooker”.

Rooney always denied the allegations that he slapped fiancée Coleen McLoughlin during a row in a Cheshire nightclub.

But the truth of the “haggard hooker” tale still looks set to be tested in court.

Patricia Tierney is sueing over the August 2004 Sun front page story in which she was pictured under the headline: “Don’t fancy yours much Wayne.”

Tierney, from Whiston, Merseyside, was said to be on anti-depressants following the "utterly false and damaging allegations".

She is a married mother of seven, and grandmother of 16, who says she has never been a prostitute but had been a part-time receptionist at a massage parlour for three weeks.

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