Rooney fans despair over Wagatha court sketch – especially ‘no neck’ Wayne

The high-profile libel case involving Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney has attracted a lot of attention but it is the court sketches that have made waves on social media

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  • 16:16, 11 May 2022

Fans following the Wagatha Christie trial have been left in stitches over the "unforgiving" court sketches of Wayne Rooney.

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The former Manchester United star and current Derby County manager appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice to support his wife Coleen who is being sued by Rebekah Vardy for libel.

Leicester star Jamie Vardy’s wife, 40, sought legal action against Coleen after being publicly accused of leaking "false stories" to The Sun newspaper in 2019.

Coleen, who carried out a 'sting operation' to uncover who was sharing private information, assumed the role of an "online detective" and posted made-up stories on her Instagram account to rule out who could be responsible.

A court sketch of Wayne and Coleen Rooney at the Royal Courts of Justice in London

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After some of the fake stories ended up in The Sun, Coleen publicly accused Rebekah's Instagram account of being behind the leak in a social media post.

Rebekah in turn said she had been libelled and after two years, the two WAGs are now going head-to-head in court.

The stand-off has attracted nationwide coverage but it is the court sketches that have truly captured the attention of those following the case.

Sharing a picture of the artwork on Twitter, one user wrote: "Positively dying at this courtroom sketch of Wayne and Coleen Rooney. Wayne nae neck."

Another said: "This court sketch of Wayne Rooney has finished me."

A third commented: "This court sketch artist is stealing a living. Rooney must be raging."

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Rebekah Vardy giving evidence at the Royal Courts Of Justice, London, during the high-profile libel battle between herself and Coleen Rooney
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Artist impression of Vardy giving evidence to Barrister Mr Sherborne with Wayne and Coleen looking on

And a fourth said: "Never mind suing Rebekah Vardy, I’d be suing the court artist if I was our Coleen. Terrible business this."

As it is against the law to take pictures or videos or to draw inside a courtroom in England, court artists are faced with the challenging task to remember courtroom scenes in great detail.

They don't usually spend a great deal of time inside the courtroom as they are not allowed to draw there and have to create their piece relying purely on their memory.

Today's court proceedings saw Rebekah Vardy returning to the stand for the second day of giving evidence.

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