Group Plans to Burn 49 Ft Effigy of Wayne Rooney

You don’t need to be a soccer fan to appreciate the over-the-top nature of this hatred of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney . . . although it helps. Leave it to the aptly named “Edenbridge Bonfire Society” to come up with this stunt.

Here’s more from the Telegragh (including a larger version of the picture):

The 49ft creation, complete with green Shrek-style ears to mock the Manchester United ace’s likeness to the animated ogre, will go up in flames at Edenbridge Bonfire Society’s annual parade and display on Saturday.  In September he hit the headlines over allegations he slept with two prostitutes while wife Coleen was pregnant with their son Kai.

With crowds of up to 15,000 spectators expected, the steel-framed structure is packed full of fireworks to ensure the footballer goes up with a bang.  Dressed in full kit, including the club’s famous red shirt, the effigy depicts Rooney clutching a copy of his lucrative new five-year contract under one arm, while in his other hand is a holdall full of cash.

Charles Laver, of the Kent-based society, said Rooney was chosen as this year’s guy after being plastered all over the tabloids in recent months.  Then his loyalty to Manchester United was thrown into doubt when he suggested he would leave, before going on to sign the new contract with the club.

Mr Laver said: ”I hate football myself so I’m quite happy to burn a footballer.