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Rooney dropped by school chiefs
Wayne Rooney training
Rooney has been the subject of allegations over his private life
Wayne Rooney has reportedly been dropped as guest of honour at a top schools match after organisers said he was "not a good role model".

The England and Manchester United striker had been due to appear at the semi-final of an English Schools' Football Association (ESFA) contest.

But he was axed following excessive swearing in a Premiership match and allegations over his private life.

In February, he was caught shouting the F-word 20 times at a referee.

Legal proceedings

"There is no question that Wayne is an excellent footballer," ESFA chief executive John Read told the Daily Mirror.

We felt under the circumstances, over what was being reported, that we could find a better role model

But the ESFA and sponsors Coca-Cola had "decided not to take up the appearance" of Rooney at next Monday's under-13s tournament at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium, he said.

"We felt under the circumstances, over what was being reported, that we could find a better role model," he added.

A replacement has yet to be announced.

Last month, Rooney's lawyers issued legal proceedings over a story in the Sun newspaper claiming he hit his girlfriend during a row at a nightclub.

The newspaper claimed the 19-year-old slapped girlfriend Colleen McLoughlin, 19, while at the Brasingamens club in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, on 10 April.

Rooney has always strenuously denied the allegation.

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