Rooney says sorry to young fan, 9, after breaking his wrist with powerful shot
17:25 GMT, 22 March 2012
Brave face: Young Jamie won't be put off by football, insists his Dad, despite breaking his wrist
Wayne Rooney has apologised after he broke a young fan's wrist with a wayward shot.
Nine-year-old United fan Jamie Thomas was in the stands at Molineux last Sunday when he tried to block Rooney’s splitting strike during the warm-up before United’s 5-0 Barclays Premier League win.
He was sat in the front row of the Jack Harris Stand with his Dad but missed most of the match as he was attended to by first aiders before being taken to hospital.
After being made aware of the incident, Rooney then tweeted: 'If i broke this kids wrist in warm up i apologise.
If the kids parents get in touch with club i will gladly sign a shirt
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Warming up: Rooney looks towards youngster Jamie before the incident
Watward: Rooney's shot sails wide of the post, heading in the direction of the nine-year-old boy
'I want to apologise to Jamie Thomas, I
have arranged for a letter and a signed shirt to be sent to his home
Shropshire lad Jamie now has his hand in plaster for the next month.
‘The players were warming up and Rooney and Hernandez were taking a few shots. Rooney missed one and it was coming straight towards Jamie so he put out his hands to stop it hitting him and it broke his wrist,’ Jamie’s father Andy told the Shropshire Star.
Watch out: The boy moments before it strikes the young United supporter
Pointing the finger: Jamie's father Andy has a go but admits he didn't think Rooney was aware of the incident
Are you ok, son Andy comforts his young lad before he was taken to hospital after the incident
‘At first we thought it was just bruising but Jamie wasn’t enjoying the game so we went to first aid. We ended up missing most of the second half.
‘It was his first Man Utd game and we were in the Wolves end because somebody got us tickets.
‘They wanted us to go to Wolverhampton hospital but we were catching the train so we went to Shrewsbury instead.
‘They said it was a clean break and he has to go back in a couple of weeks.’
The saga has not put the youngster
off from going to more games, however, and his Dad believes Rooney would
have apologised immediately had he have known about it.
‘It shook him up a bit but he’s fine about it now and I don’t think it’s put him off going to other games,’ he added.
‘I don’t think Rooney realised what he had done otherwise I am sure he would have come over.’
A spokesman confirmed to the Shropshire Star that Rooney will now offer a written apology to the boy along with a signed shirt after learning of his injury.
'Wayne did not have any idea this had happened,' the spokesperson said.
'He has now signed a shirt for Jamie and will be writing to him to apologise.'
The youngster has also been invited to watch the Wolves squad train too, according to a Molineux spokesperson.