When footage started to circulate showing Wayne Rooney getting punched by Phil Bardsley, journalists started debate over what punishment Louis van Gaal would dish out. The panel on Sunday Supplement thought Rooney was a disgrace and were quick to criticise him.
Rooney responded by scoring against Spurs and mimicking the action in a boxing celebration. Van Gaal was equally unimpressed by the media fuss, saying: “I think it’s a ridiculous world where we live that I have to answer questions. I don’t have any comment. What is this world, twisted?”
Now on England duty, Rooney has again been questioned on the incident.
There has been a bit around the place, at United and England training, but you’d expect that, they’re a group of lads. I’ve always loved boxing. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t go too well. I was caught on the end of a punch. I wasn’t knocked out. I didn’t see it as a big issue. I spoke to the manager, and he didn’t see it as a big issue. I come from a boxing background. I’d have apologised if I felt it was wrong. But for me, that’s been and gone.
Rooney has revealed that Coleen, his wife, saw Kai, his son, mimicking the celebration at school, leading the striker to decide against repeating it any time soon.
My wife went to pick him up from school and saw him doing that in the classroom. I’m sure you won’t be seeing that celebration again.