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Ferguson Shuns Press Over Rooney Stamp

Wayne Rooney has attracted plenty of attention this week following his red mist moments against Aablorg. It always appears to be in the most random of situations that Rooney decides to go mental. You could expect it against Liverpool or Everton, but Aalborg?

Regardless, the press have yet again painted him as a violent thug, probably the best this country has ever seen. It is all in preparation for the World Cup I suppose, when they will again hail him as England’s hero and sob themselves to sleep at night if he is injured.

Alarmingly, UEFA have confirmed they are investigating his ‘stamp’ against Aalborg and will be taking the newspaper reports in to consideration!

“We are aware of the incident and the disciplinary panel will study the footage and newspaper reports before deciding whether to take action,” said a UEFA spokesperson.

I cannot for the life of me understand why reviewing the video footage themselves isn’t enough to determine their decision. The fact they should rely on the newspaper reports to make up their mind is rather farcical!

The decision over whether he will be banned for future games in the Champions League will be announced on Monday.

When asked about the incident ahead of United’s match against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow, Ferguson was quick to shoot the reporters down, criticising their reporting of the incident.

“I am not going to discuss Wayne Rooney,” Ferguson said. “You press guys have created most of it. You are not getting anything from this club at all on Wayne Rooney. That is it, finished.”

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  1. Kings says:

    FA = Bunch of Cunts. UEFA = Bunch of Cunts. FIFA = Bunch of Cunts.

  2. gordy says:

    If UEFA are going to study the video and, bizzarely, newspaper reports, then we might as well throw a leaving party on Sunday because the over-the-top way that the British press report incidents like this means he will probably be banned for life.

  3. Aziz in Nairobi says:

    Jelous of our achievements,did they say anythng abt Guthire chalenge on fagan!let them die in hell.

  4. SULLY [South Africa] says:

    FUCK OFF divedivedive. What’s a Scouser fuckin doing on here

  5. denton davey says:

    What was Rooney to do ? If you look at the “footage” (pun intended) then it is clear that he had neither time nor space to put his foot down anywhere else. Like TheBoyWonder said, “it’s a physical game”. But, after Patrice Evra got four games – bloody hell, 4 games ! – for the kerfuffle with the RentBoyz’ groundsman (the groundsman, for Chrissakes !!!!), you have to expect anything is possible on this matter, and, be suprised at nothing that gets “decided” by the so-called arbitrators of sportsmanship.

  6. Manutd forever says:

    For these bunch of losers like FA,UEFA and FIFA :WORDS SPEAK LOUDER THAN ACTION.
    Why don’t they just check the video footage for the incident?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if rooney gets a 1 or 2 match suspension or a whooping big fine because of this.

  7. North Stand,Tier 3,Back Row says:

    For UEFA to say they’re gonna check newspaper reports is a disgrace, what the fuck is that about?
    But my major concern here is regardless of a ban (which is a bit of a disaster in itself), what the fuck was up with Wayne on Wednesday? He was like a man possessed, and apart from the ‘stamp’ in the first half, there was 2 or 3 other incidents in the second half that were a bit OTT, especially that full length lunge to catch the defender with his cogs.
    Whatever we’ll say here about UEFA and the FA (all cunts that hate us, no doubt about it), the real issue that should concern United fans is that Rooney gets his head right and focused back on football asap.
    He is my match winner, the leader of the pack and United through and through, but I just feel the last few weeks, he’s not quite right mentally, and like I said on a different blog, I think it might be related to the petulance shown by Ronaldo. But whatever it is, Fergie needs to get it sorted big time, cause a Rooney like the other night will be sitting in the stands for a lot of the season, and thats no good at all.

  8. Drew Vader says:

    On a more important note….will a reserve side be able to get a credible result at Spurs.

    As far as I can tell, Evra and Rooney are both out and Ronaldo, Carrick, Rio and Berba are all “questionable”. Thats six guaranteed starters.

    So………….that leaves a back four of Raphael (i hope) Evans Vidic O’Shea. A midfield of Anderson Fletch Park and Giggs (i would bet my life on it) and up top what exactly, Tevez and who??? So, maybe it will be Nani in the midfield and Giggs up front with Tevez…..

    Doesn’t look good.

  9. ellioman says:

    Well played by Ferguson!

    I will be very much suprised if they find him guilty of anything and give him a suspension. But then again FA has been setting new standards for shocking decisions this season which UEFA might try to follow.

    Totally agree with denton davey.
    Where the hell was he suppose to put his foot?

  10. Jig says:

    Rooney could have gone on three different occasions the other night and should have in my opinion. I love the kid but his aggression takes over too often, he needs to focus on composure and get back to enjoying himself. I think he finds it difficult to balance the limelight with his personality and desire to reach the top.

    He won’t learn unless the Ref’s book him when deserved, there’s no place for that kind of thing in ball – as for the argument that he had nowhere else to put his foot, that’s complete bol**x – same argument was bandied about when he stamped on Carvahlo and it’s horseshit, he meant it on both occasions without doubt.

  11. gordy says:

    It never ceases to amaze me why people like divedivedive come on to a United site/blog/forum to spit out their bile. ddd, you’ve obviously got a lot of time on your hands to read these stories and then find time to put finger to keyboard! I would guess that you never go onto your teams’ pages, such is your hatred for United, you probably use all your spare time to knock United on one of the many, many, many United sites. At the last count, United have 221 more sites/blogs/forums than Liverpool GET A LIFE.

  12. Liam says:

    The stamp didn’t strike me as being intentional but that tackle in the 2nd half was just idiotic. I was amazed when I saw what he did. He has been pretty mild mannered for a fair amount of time. However he does seem to play better while angry so if he can let it out in other ways I think it could be ok. Punching bag in the dressing room maybe :grin:

  13. Daniel says:

    This is all bullshit to me. A referee will not use video replay to make sure they get massive decisions correct during a game. However, a board of will go back and use video replay to make decisions that referees did not make. Why will the same board not go back and look to see if goals were indeed scored, or if players were offsides? This infuriates me. I, for one, do believe that Rooney stamped on the guy. While I was watching the game and listending to the commentary I could not believe that the commentators I was listening to did not state that Rooney stamped the player. They thought he was pushed. I do not believe that for a minute. Regardless, and it may be a technicality, but video replay supposedly is not part of the game. But indeed it is, to suspend a player using video replay afterwards is bullshit. This is not an argument for video replay, but rather I seek coherent policy on the use of it.

    Now I may be just rambling, but I believe that quite possibly one of the single biggest LOST OPPORTUNITIES in football occured when Zidane was sent off in the World Cup Final. I understand that none of the officials saw the headbutt. Rather, I understand that the fourth official saw the replay on the big screen at the stadium. If that was the case, the official had a great opportunity to apply the rules and make football governing bodies take a tough look at themselves. The official should have not sent Zidane off. When everybody barracked him for failing to sent a player off for an obvious red card offense, he only need to respond: My job as an official, and that of the other officials working with me, is to ensure that the rules of the game are applied. Video replay is not part of the game. None of the officials saw Zidane headbutt Materazzi. The members of the crew merely saw the video replay. Since video replay is not used in the game to make decisions, we cannot use it to send off a player even though he committs an egregious act. We did not see him committ it.

    That would have made football governing bodies make a decision. Instead we get this arbitrary decision to investigate a player based upon what the media wants to fuss over.

  14. King Eric says:

    Its a fucking disgrace but what do we really expect. Cant see how if the Ref didn’t even see it or even mention it in his report how the fuck UEFA can study evidence.? After the derby other week it was clear to see that Richards studded Vida and you could see the marks all down his chest but did the media kick up a fuss about it ? No did they fuck! Hardly even mentioned it.

    Drew: I reckon Carrick, Ron, Rio and Berba will all be playing tomorrow. At least I hope they will.

    On a different note what chance have Scouse cunts got of winning league when even their manager “fat boy Rafa” says they won’t win it unless us Rentboys or Arsenal slip up. Must fill the team full of confidence.

  15. james f says:

    “You are not getting anything from this club at all on Wayne Rooney. That is it, finished.” I absolutely love SAF!

  16. EastStandManc says:

    I didn’t see this particular incident at the time and haven’t bothered YouTubing it either, they’ll ban him whether I do or don’t.

    However, I can’t believe that people still believe he deliberately stepped on Carvalho’s privates; not to dig the whole issue up again, but simply, how does a player moving backwards but looking forwards “know” exactly where his foot his going?


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