The Margin: ‘Forget Robert Mueller’: How the wife of soccer star Wayne Rooney planted fake Instagram stories to shut down a leaker

If only Wayne Rooney had been as effective as captain of England’s long-suffering national soccer team as his wife has proven to be as an internet sleuth.

In an effort one appreciative fan described as worthy of a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting, Coleen Rooney used a cunning social-media trap to determine that the wife of another notable British footballer had been leaking stories to the Sun about her.

Rooney, dubbed “WAGatha Christie” for the detective work that she undertook to unmask her tormenter (WAG refers to the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes), explained in a tweet how she’d concluded Rebekah Vardy was the villain in this very-2019 mystery:

This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it……

— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) October 9, 2019

As you can see by the likes, the tweet went viral.

Even before this blew up on social media, Vardy, the wife of England national-team member Jamie Vardy, a striker with Leicester City, was already well-known for appearances on the British daytime talk show “Loose Women,” and also for her role in the popular 2017 series “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!”

And — oh, yeah — for posts like this:

Vardy, for her part, quickly took to Instagram to deny the allegations, blaming other people who have had access to her account:

And with that, Twitter

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was off and running:

investigative journalism:

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Coleen Rooney The BBC

— mojitos & socialism (@bicknaker) October 9, 2019

No wonder Wayne Rooney gets caught everytime he is with another woman. He is married to Sherlock F*cking Holmes!

— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) October 9, 2019

Forget Robert Mueller. NFL should hire Coleen Rooney to be in charge of their next big investigation.

— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) October 9, 2019

Both of my children are asleep, at the same time, in their individual beds. I’m not sure how she did it, but I’m certain Coleen Rooney is responsible.

— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) October 9, 2019

If you missed all this drama, don’t fret — it’ll soon be streamable:

we’re going to have to make a documentary about this, aren’t we

— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 9, 2019

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