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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Brits Warned: No Cartwheels After Drinking

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal Life Saving Society UK are both worried that the British might injure themselves by trying to imatate "the Rooney cartwheel".

Wayne Rooney is the 18-year-old soccer sensation for Team England at the European Championship. He is the top scorer with four goals in three games at Euro 2004.

The RoSPA said: "Fans have always copied crazy celebrations but the Rooney cartwheel could cause injury if not done correctly. Children will often get excited when trying to recreate a move so it's essential to keep an eye on them to ensure that they don't hurt themselves. Adults too could face injury if they attempt the celebration after a few drinks."

The Royal Life Saving Society UK said that fans - especially the middle-aged - faced potentially fatal consequences if they rushed off to the park after a match to try to replicate the highlights.

Val Sumner, a lifesaving support officer at the organisation, said: "After watching a match - and maybe enjoying a few cans in the armchair - it's easy to get carried away."

Don't try Rooney flip at home, warn safety experts [Telegraph]

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