Three women have apologised to Wayne Rooney after pictures emerged of him falling asleep in a hotel room.
The ex- Manchester United star was seen fully clothed and snoozing in a bedside chair during the early hours of Sunday.
One picture showed a woman in underwear bent over as he snoozed, with a caption reading ‘Mooney Rooney’.
Another woman was snapped making a peace sign to the camera as Rooney continued to doze off.
The images went viral after they emerged on social media the following day.
It is believed that Rooney met up with the group in a night club in Manchester, before heading a £60 a night hotel in Cumbria.
A spokesperson for 35-year-old said that the women who took the photographs have said sorry and have given him the copyright to the images for just £1.
In a statement, the spokesperson said: “The three girls who took the photographs contacted Wayne’s lawyers and volunteered to hand over all pictures that were taken that night and the copyrights in them.
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“They have also, at their own suggestion, made a written apology to him for the events that took place and the embarrassment caused.
“These were three decent young women who went for a night out. They did not expect Wayne to end up in their company and are remorseful about how things turned out with the pictures.
“They got carried away and did something they later regretted. They did not expect it to end up in the mainstream media after it was posted on social media and they decided to take steps to put things right.
“It would be wrong to say no money changed hands because when a contract is drawn up there must be a sum and in this case it was a nominal £1.
“They have fulsomely apologised because they wanted to do what they saw as the right thing and draw a line under the matter.”
It is understood the photos in the hotel room were taken by Brooke Morgan, 20, Elise Melvin, 21 and Eleanor Hoggarth, who contacted Rooney’s lawyers and offered to hand him the copyright on Tuesday.
After the photos were widely circulated on social media earlier this week, the player’s legal team contacted police over an alleged blackmail threat.
One cause of concern for the Rooney camp was an Instagram message he received which said: “Morning Wayne 10 grand please mate or Coleen sees this”.
There is no suggestion any of the women who were with Rooney, 35, were associated with the alleged blackmail.
After reviewing the case, Cheshire Police yesterday said they were satisfied no offences had taken place.
In a statement the force said: “On Monday, Cheshire Constabulary received reports of a possible blackmail relating to a number of images circulating online.
“Officers have spoken to the person involved and are satisfied no offences have taken place. The person involved has also stated they do not wish to take the matter any further.”