Chorus of criticism hits Rooney

2011-02-28 08:01

London - Former players joined the chorus of criticism directed at Wayne Rooney on Sunday after the Manchester United player appeared to elbow an opponent in the Red Devils 4-0 win at Wigan.

Rooney was given a yellow card on Saturday after a clash with Wigan's James McCarthy in which his arm made contact with the Latics defenders face.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said Rooney should have been sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg, who appeared to indicate that the collision was accidental.

However former Liverpool defenders Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson both agreed with Martinez that England star Rooney should have seen red.

"Every picture tells a story and sometimes you can't defend the indefensible," Lawrenson said on the BBC's Match of the Day programme.

Hansen added: "He (Rooney) is in big trouble. You can't argue with the pictures.

"There is some conjecture about whether the referee saw the incident or not. Is he looking at the ball? Categorically, he is not looking at the incident. He is looking at the ball.

"McCarthy takes a step to his left to try and block Wayne. He (Rooney) swings the elbow. He has thrown the elbow, smacked him on the head and should have been off."

Although the incident was dealt with at the time, Rooney could yet face an FA charge should Clattenburg state in his report that he saw a collision but no use of an elbow.

If Rooney was charged with violent conduct, he could face a three-match ban that would rule him out of Manchester United's upcoming fixtures with Chelsea, Liverpool and either Arsenal or Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson launched a pre-emptive strike on the outcry on Saturday, claiming that the media would seek to stir up controversy and pressure authorities to act.

" ... What will happen, the question has been asked and because it is Wayne Rooney the press will raise a campaign to get him hung by Tuesday or electrocuted or something like that," Ferguson said.

"It is unbelievable. Watch the press. It will be interesting to see it."


  • Lump of coal - 2011-02-28 08:26

    You can take the thug out of the streets but you cannot take the streets out of the thug !!

  • Albo - 2011-02-28 08:29

    Rooney should`nt have done that however the Wigan player purposefully moved over to block his path way off the ball. The question should be asked, would Rooney have been able to elbow him if the Wigan player did`nt purposefully try foul him off the ball?

      Vince - 2011-02-28 09:51

      Albo, when a player is injured in a malicious tackle,the question is would he have gotten hurt if he did not run with the ball at his feet? After all he was holding onto the ball deliberately was he not? D/Head

      Yousuf - 2011-02-28 10:25

      VINCE , @$$ you are allowed to run with the ball at your feet, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DELIBARATELY BLOCK A PLAYER f/head

      Albo - 2011-02-28 15:07

      @Vince: Did you even watch the game?? It`s a whole different story when someone has the ball at his feet but in this instance the ball wasn`t even near them. The Wigan player ran across to block Rooney`s path and got a `wtf are you doing` in the face hence my argument, he would`nt have got injured if he wasn`t trying to foul Rooney first. If this is hard for you to understand please stick to the ballet forum.

  • Bandit - 2011-02-28 09:56

    wow ... check out all the looooooosers howl. Is it not interesting that the former Liverpool players are the ones that are crowing the loudest. come say it like Ace Ventura - loo ooo ser errrr!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thundacat - 2011-02-28 10:07

    Wayne Rooney is a vile pig.

  • sannahan - 2011-02-28 10:16

    I am a Man Utd supporter and cannot understand how SAF can mitigate Rooney's act. Hernandez wants to play whereas Rooney sees it befitting to take such risks. Let Hernandez loose while Rooney sits out for his suspension.

  • Vince - 2011-02-28 14:33

    Yousef, you don't get the point do you!! You cannot take the law into your own hands. You certainly cannot be a football fan. I wonder which club you support (Iguess Man U)if you are a so called fan as nobody wants to see his club player or opponents getting hurt through such actions. a/hole

      FootieLover - 2011-03-01 11:00

      Vince, you're right nobody wants to see players get hurt and Sir Whiskey Face still condones Rooney's actions, how befitting to supposedly the best coach in the world.....We must all remember that there are Man Utd supporters and Football supporters in this world.............

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