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[VIDEO] The Wayne Rooney Elbow – Banned for Chelsea Game?

Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the DW Stadium on February 26, 2011 in Wigan, England.

Sir Alex Ferguson had an amusing view of the Wayne Rooney incident against Wigan. [Watch at bottom] As a ball was played by Wigan, Rooney chased it, and on his way, McCarthy slightly edged into Rooney’s path. As the Manchester United striker ran passed, he raised his elbow and hit the Wigan player in the side off the head. Credit to McCarthy, he didn’t go down, rolling around in agony like some players would have done, but he held his head in genuine pain, as it did look as if the connection was harsh.

The referee, Mark Clattenburg – involved in quite a few controversial decisions involving United – gave a free-kick, although it was not entirely clear whether he actually saw the incident. If he had of seen it, I would think he would have been given at the very least a yellow card for raising an arm, or very possibly a red, and not just a talking to and a pat on the back.

Sir Alex Ferguson said after the game:

“I have had a chance to see it. There is nothing in it.

“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.”

It is a biased view, one that is trying to deflect the spotlight from Rooney, and onto the press, but to say that there was “nothing in it”, I have to admit is a bit questionable. The United assistant, Mike Phelan said on his Match of the Day interview, “we can’t dispute the referees decision”. But we can dispute what you just said Mike! Sir Alex isn’t always the biggest fan of referee’s decisions when they go against him, and regularly disputes their decisions.

The Wigan manager Roberto Martinez obviously had a conflicting view from Ferguson. He said:

“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.”

I am a United fan, and I am afraid I tend to agree with Martinez’s evaluation of the incident. Rooney didn’t need to raise his elbow – his running pattern showed that his elbows were down by his sides, and as he went past McCarthy, the elbow was raised in an unnatural position. Unfortunately, it is indefensible when you see it, and he may be in trouble.

After Ferguson stated only his side and Arsenal are in the title race, United travel to Stamford Bridge to try and extend their now four point lead over Arsenal. Arsenal will play in the Carling Cup final on Sunday, and so haven’t played this week-end meaning Wengers side will have a game in hand after the Chelsea – United game.

The question is, will Rooney be available for the game against Chelsea on Tuesday? Will he be punished by the FA? Could he be banned? I suppose it depends which way you look at it.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



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  2. Dave

    February 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Don’t ban him just fne him £10,000

  3. bob

    February 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    ^ lollers and wtf is that goin to do? This is the third elbow in two seasons rooney’s gotten away with. He needs to be banned.

  4. marky mark

    February 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Ban the c*nt! can’t stand that arrogant, overpaid, useless twat. It was a blatant attack on another player for no reason whatsoever. The police should be involved here, never mind the FA. And he gets paid more than Ronaldo, Messi, Tevez, yet not even good enough to lick dogshit off the soles of their boots. Lost all respect for him when he tried to hold Man U to ransom. and I support Liverpool!

  5. marky mark

    February 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Try doing that to someone on the street Rooney. Someone like me. I would smash your face in. and enjoy it…

    • Christian Vicente

      February 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      You absolute, total village idiot. I bet your really strong and have great muscles. All hale Marky Mark

      • marky mark

        February 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

        That’s right. I am really strong. Not that I’d need to be against someone like Wayne Rooney. As someone else rightly pointed out, he is nothing more than a thug who thinks he is something special, but clearly by his performances for club and country is anything but…

        • Dylan

          February 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

          Wayne is a big lad and he used to box. I remember a few years ago he kicked the crap out of a few bouncers at a pub… so good luck in a fight with him.

  6. stupot

    February 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    wot a complete tossa he is turning out to be still frustrated after week in week out defenders have him in there pocket and sort your fringe out

  7. stupot

    February 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    scouse twat

  8. Charles

    February 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    dirty scouse bastard

  9. Ian

    February 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    If I did that in the street I’d end up in court and facing chokey. He’s a thug who knows no better. If someone did that to him on the pitch I’m sure it would be less than 2 mins before he exacted his own retribution. Ban him Cantona style.

  10. Gabster

    February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

    That its good,if the fA didn’t gave him the match banned it will not ok. Cos will called it football not wresting.

  11. Gabster

    February 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

    That its good,if the fA didn’t gave him the match banned it will not be okay. Cos will called it football not wrestling.Kudos to FA.

  12. Seymour

    February 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    if he is so shit why do you all want him banned? a lot of bitter fans on here who are clearly jealous of united and our players as usual. this is the worst united team for 5 years and we are still 4 points clear, how shit must the rest of you be lol

  13. Seymour

    February 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    no ban for rooney! the f.a. got it right again lol, we’re man united we’ll do what we want!

  14. robbie

    February 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    dont ban him rooneys cooool (mufc) 4 eva

  15. I'm a ref

    March 1, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Send off absolutely. FA inaction is a complete question mark to me.

  16. dos

    March 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    it’s laughable that Fergie comments that “the ref dealt with it” and 2 days later is parctically crying cuase “the ref did them” by giving chelsea a penalty – you’d think at his age he’d have grown up!!! As for Rooney – deserves a season ban for what he did – blatant, dangerous and unprovoked. At least when Keany broke Alfies leg he had some (unjustified) reason for his thuggery

  17. Booooo

    March 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Can’t believe all the Rooney hype – Anyone watch the Chelsea game on Tues?
    1 Ramirez – deliberate 2 footed challenge on Carrick – No press complaints..
    2 Deliberate Handball by Terry in the box – No press complaints..
    3 Luiz – Deliberate elbow to Hernandez’s chest – Easily could have broke a rib – No press complaints..
    4 Luiz – Deliberately body check’s Rooney stopping a potential goal scoring opportunity – No press complaints..

    Funny that…

    “McCarthy slightly edged into Rooney’s path..” Deliberately tried to be clever and block him and Rooney gave him a clip round the ear for it – Where’s all the blood and bruising? For every action there’s a reaction – Don’t cheat and Rooney won’t hit you… Man up!!..

  18. wilko

    March 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Note to all the Rooney haters out there calm down and watch the watch the replay. Mcarthy looks over his shoulder and makes a deliberate attempt to commit a foul on Rooney by blocking his run off the ball, Rooney does raise his arm and catches Mcarthy with the soft part of his arm not his elbow and there was no force in it whatsoever and no injury was caused, true Rooney should have got red for raising his arm but had Mcarthy not tried to commit a foul in the first place none of this would have happened

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