No justice as Rooney escapes punishment

Wayne Rooney applauds the United fans at the end of the Wigan match
Wayne Rooney applauds the United fans at the end of the Wigan match
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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In a theatre of the absurd, Wayne Rooney elbows a Wigan player in the head and gets away with a clear red card offence.

And we are all supposed to say nothing.

Who says so? Sir Alex Ferguson.

The United boss’ attempt to browbeat the media did him no credit.

Ferguson ranted: ‘The press will raise a campaign to get him hung or electrocuted’.

No rope or wires needed, Alex. We just want to see justice done and dangerous flailing elbows which can break bones cut out of the game.

It is shocking that no action is being taken against Rooney.

The FA’s mantra is that if the referee dealt with the incident at the time, they take no further action.

And all ref Mark Clattenburg claims to have seen was a ‘coming together’ between Rooney and Wigan’s James McCarthy.

The TV pictures tell a far more incriminating story.

They show that the United striker went out of his way to elbow McCarthy in the head, some 25 yards away from the ball.

The video also shows that Clattenburg was looking at the play and did not see what really happened.

So his decision to merely award Wigan a free-kick was mysterious.

The referee should have been told by the FA to reconsider but Clattenburg claims he took the appropriate action.

Perhaps it is time he sought alternative employment because, as Alan Hansen said on Match of the Day ‘this was as clear a red as you will ever see’.

Rooney should have been banned for three games for violent conduct.

That is not a witch hunt or a campaign to get him ‘hung or electrocuted’ as Sir Alex knows full well.

It is not good enough for the FA to hide behind their inadequate disciplinary code and sweep this under the carpet.

Rooney has got away with this cowardly act, showing that the FA code is simply not working for the good of football.