Lizzie Cundy says Alex Ferguson urged players to marry young to avoid scandal

Coleen Rooney’s close pal Lizzie Cundy has claimed that footballing manager Alex Ferguson encouraged his sporting legends to marry young in order to keep their love lives out of the newspapers.

The TV personality has opened up in a telling interview with Lorraine on Wednesday as viewers prepare for the upcoming Wayne Rooney documentary set to launch on Amazon Prime next year which has been wrapped in scandal.

In the trailer for the controversial programme, his loving wife Coleen Rooney opened up about their rocky relationship since photographs of the football star at a hotel with another woman went viral online.

Now, her close friend and radio host Lizzie has claimed that many football stars were encouraged to get married at a young age to keep their names in order to focus on the game.

The 53-year-old joined Lorraine on the show via zoom on this week after the trailer caused contention with the Rooney’s loyal legion of fans online over the weekend.

As the ex-wife of footballer Jason Cundy, the TV star revealed her thoughts on how many footballers grow up with fame and fortune following their sporting success.

She told viewers: “People don’t really realise in a football bubble, and I'm not really feeling sorry for footballers at all, but from a very young age they are given everything and everything is done for them.

“Even Alex Ferguson, he encouraged footballers to marry early, look at Stevie Gerrard, look at the Beckhams.

She added: “If you look at them all they married at a very early age ‘cause he wants to keep them off the front pages, he didn’t want them going to nightclubs and hanging around with girls and drinking.

“He wants them in the back pages because all of that caused chaos in the club and amongst other players, and sometimes players don’t grow up because they don’t have what everyone else has in their teenage years. "

The blonde belle sympathised with her dear friend Coleen after she experienced a similar situation with her now ex-husband who reportedly cheated on her with opera singer Hannah Pedley after 13 years of marriage.

At the time Lizzie told The Mirror: "I was heartbroken, devastated, embarrassed – it was a roller-coaster of emotions and the awful effects were even more far reaching that I could ever predict."

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