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Man Utd rift develops between Rio, Rooney

Manchester United's dressing room is in danger of a split after a spat between striker Wayne Rooney and defender Rio Ferdinand.

Rooney and his wife Coleen are said to be furious because Ferdinand has still failed to explain why he snubbed their lavish wedding ceremony.

Manchester United defender Rio and his partner Rebecca Ellison pulled out of the £5 million bash at the last minute.

But more than a week after the £50,000 a-head celebration, it has been reported that Rio,29, has still not contacted Rooney to apologise or explain his mystery absence.

A friend told The People: "Very, very late on it was apparent Rio was not turning up.

"If Wayne and Coleen had known two people weren't going to come there were loads of other people they could have invited instead.

"It was furiously late. There's been no conversation since between Wayne and Rio."

Meanwhile, a source said: "Rio didn't go to Wayne's stag do because he was worried he'd be criticised for enjoying himself while the European championships were on and England were stuck at home after failing to qualify.

"He is very PR-conscious because he is desperate to get his hands on the England captaincy and Wayne does understand that. Then he's pictured in a club a few days later.

"He can't go to Ibiza or Italy because Rebecca's pregnant or he's worried about his image - but he can go on a boy's trip to Israel. It makes no sense.

"Wayne is disappointed and wants an explanation."

A spokeswoman for Wayne and Coleen said: "It was a fantastic day which everybody present massively enjoyed." Rio was unavailable for comment.

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