WAYNE Rooney's decision to sell his life story to The Sun newspaper has angered Liverpool and Everton fans across Merseyside.
In what is thought to have been the biggest newspaper deal for a Premiership player, the England and Everton striker is rumoured to be receiving £250,000 for his story.
The Sun's coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster outraged thousands of people on Merseyside.
Last night, John Glover, who lost his 20-year-old son Ian in the disaster, said: "Hillsborough may well have been 15 years ago but I think the majority of people on Merseyside will feel the same way.
"Completely let down by Rooney's decision to take 30 pieces of silver from the paper which treated Merseysiders so harshly during a very traumatic time. As a Liverpool supporter, I fully appreciate what a fine football player Rooney is.
"But I find his decision staggering."
The paper falsely accused Liverpool fans of urinating on dead bodies and stealing from them.
After the tabloid printed the story "The Truth", Merseysiders boycotted the paper. Sales plummeted on Merseyside and have never fully recovered.
Yesterday, football fans from both clubs said they felt badly let down by 18-year-old Rooney. Fans' websites had been inundated with messages from supporters condemning the deal.
Over the next week, Rooney will give the paper a series of exclusive interviews.
The Sun's sister paper, The News Of The World, yesterday published a story about his love for girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin, life in Liverpool, England team mates and the Euro 2004 tournament.
But some Everton fans believe Rooney has been badly advised.
Ian McDonald, of Everton Independent Support Group, said fans of the club were also upset about Rooney working with The Sun.
"I believe Wayne has been badly advised by his agents who know a lot better than to get him into this situation.
"Although he was only three years old when Hillsborough happened, that is still no excuse for him dealing with that paper.
"If they want to drive a wedge between Wayne and his home city, they've succeeded."