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Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Wayne Rooney

UEFA to probe PSG's finances


Paris Saint-Germain have paid a quick price for their record-breaking investments in star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

UEFA put Paris Saint-Germain's finances under formal investigation yesterday, citing "recent transfer activity" that triggered concern the club was again flouting rules designed to control excessive spending by top European clubs.

UEFA's club finance monitoring panel intervened after Qatar-owned PSG broke the world record fee to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million) and on Thursday signed Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

The deal for 18-year-old Mbappe was unusual as a loan with a commitment to pay a reported 180 million euros ($216 million) next year.

That fuelled speculation PSG was seeking to evade UEFA's monitoring of spending rules designed to ensure clubs try to break even on their football income and spending on player transfers and wages.

"The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity," UEFA said in a statement.

Police charge Wayne Rooney with drunk driving


Wayne Rooney has been charged with drunk driving and was released on bail ahead of a court appearance later this month, Cheshire police said yesterday.

The 31-year-old Everton striker was reportedly stopped by police near his home outside Manchester early Friday. He is due to appear in court on September 18.

Rooney is the all-time leading scorer for England's national football team and for Manchester United. He retired from the national team last month.

Rooney rejoined Everton, his first club, this season after 13 years at Old Trafford. He won one Champions League and five Premier League titles while at United.