Date: 10th January 2012 at 5:00pm
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On the back of the accusation, made by Roberto Mancini, Wayne Rooney has come out and defended himself.

The striker, accused by Mancini of aiding Chris Foy in getting Vincent Kompany the red card, denies his gesture involved a card commenting to the media,

“I didn`t wave any imaginary card. I clearly pointed out, and a few other players did as well, that it was a two footed tackle. It was down to the referee to send him off.”

“As professional footballers, when you leave the ground and go in two-footed we`ve now been told by the referees it`s a red card. Refs come and see us before the season starts. I felt Kompany had done that.”


With Sir Alex Ferguson admitting, post-match, that he ‘d recognized the fact that Kompany often did this sort of tackle, would it be churlish to suggest that there was a bit of gamesmanship here whereby Sir Alex had a word with Wayne?



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