Internet users have fallen in love with a court sketch of Wayne and Coleen Rooney drawn amid the ongoing libel case filed by Rebekah Vardy.
The couple were in attendance as proceedings at London's High Court got underway this week, after Coleen publicly accused Vardy of leaking stories to the press in 2019.
Dubbed 'Wagatha Christie', the accusation stemmed from an elaborate plan carried out by Coleen to determine who had been leaking stories from her private Instagram account to journalists at The Sun. After giving certain people permission to view her page, she ultimately concluded: "It’s………… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
Vardy, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denied the accusation and sued Coleen for libel as a result. With no photographs of the trial allowed, the public have to rely on court sketches to get a visual of the proceedings.
Sketches show Vardy giving evidence and lawyers involved in the case, though it's one sketch of Coleen and Wayne that has taken the internet by storm after proceedings kicked off on Tuesday (10 May).
The image shows Wayne wearing a suit and seated next to Coleen, who is dressed in blue. The footballer appears to be staring straight ahead while Coleen appears to look at the judge or the person in the stand, though it's their appearances in general that have left viewers in hysterics.
One amused social media user likened Wayne to an 'angry potato' in the image, while another like-minded viewer quipped: "Potato in a suit attends court..."
Others drew attention to Rooney's neck - or lack thereof - as one wrote "Do you think they realised when they had finished they'd missed his neck?"
Another Facebook user pulled focus to Coleen, joking: "This isn't accurate. Coleen should have a detective monocle or spyglass with her at all times."
We don’t do court reports, but positively dying at this courtroom sketch of Wayne and Coleen Rooney. Wayne nae neck. pic.twitter.com/bTuPjHftRq— lals (@Alanascottish) May 11, 2022
Court sketch artists are only given a few minutes to make a series of base lines capturing the events which are unfolding before them, after which they leave the courtroom and expand on the image. They often only have an hour or so to complete the drawing.
Following opening arguments on Tuesday, Vardy entered the witness box in the afternoon and claimed she believed it was 'wrong' and 'upsetting' for someone to share private information about someone else, insisting she 'didn't leak anything to anyone'.
The trial is continuing today, with Vardy returning to the witness stand.