Rooney escapes punishment

2011-02-28 15:47

London - Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney will face no disciplinary action over an alleged elbow on Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, British television channel Sky News reported on Monday.

VIDEO: Wayne Rooney elbow to James McCarthy

The England international appeared to elbow McCarthy in the back of the head during the first half of United's 4-0 victory at Wigan on Saturday.

Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free-kick at the time and subsequently told the Football Association that he felt he had made the correct decision, which left the FA unable to launch retrospective disciplinary action.

Wigan coach Roberto Martinez had criticised the failure to punish Rooney on Saturday.

"I felt Wayne Rooney was very fortunate. It was clearly a red card," Martinez said. "I saw the incident clearly and the referee did as well because he gave the free-kick.

"Once you give a free-kick it is quite clear that it is a red card. When you look at the replay, it is quite clear he catches James McCarthy in the face with his elbow."

However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson felt Clattenburg was right not to penalise Rooney and said he feared a witch-hunt in the British media.

"I have had a chance to see it. There is nothing in it," Ferguson said. "Mark Clattenburg saw it. I think he said it was an accident.

"But, 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.

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

Had Rooney been charged with violent conduct, he would have faced a three-match ban, ruling him out of United's upcoming fixtures with Chelsea, Liverpool and either Arsenal or Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.


  • brokennews - 2011-02-28 15:56

    Dirty yob plus another ref on man utds payroll.

  • Gorilla - 2011-02-28 16:48

    Football players are like a bunch of whining girls. first of all it's clear that McCarthy is doing his best to obstruct Rooney, Was Rooney supposed to stop running? these guys are soft.

      Gunner - 2011-03-01 09:38


  • Wazza - 2011-02-28 16:49

    This is the same ref that did not see Mendez's goal for Spurs against Man U go a meter across the line and the same ref that let Nani score that cheating goal against Spurs again. The guy has a big b_ner for Man U!

      FootballLove - 2011-02-28 17:19

      I did not see the McCarthy incident so I cannot comment on it. But I saw the disallowed Mendez goal for Tottenham against Man U (everybody did, except the referees). I saw the Nani goal against Tottenham and I think the referee should have been questioned by the FA about his decision. Nani handled the ball, the referee should have blown, but he did not.

      A(N)ON - 2011-03-01 15:32

      @ FootballLove if the EPL title race goes down to the wire and a one goal difference decides the title in favour of United then by all means raise an enquiry. Else, the goal you refer to will pale into insignifcance - United were already 1-0 up with a minute of play left so the result would have been the same

  • FerretGee - 2011-02-28 19:45

    There is always "nothing in it" when it is one of Fergusons' players transgressing but let someone do the same to a United player and all hell breaks loose from Ferguson. Hypocrite!

  • Albo - 2011-03-01 10:16

    Hehehe - all these sour comments!! If anybody actually WATCHED the incident you will notice McCarthy ran at Rooney off the ball to block Rooney`s run and got what he deserved. If he was`nt deliberately trying to foul Rooney he would`nt have been floored.

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