Manchester United won’t appeal Wayne Rooney red card

Rooney admits that Saturday’s sending off was probably deserved after hacking down Stewart Downing

Manchester United won’t appeal Wayne Rooney red card

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September 29th, 2014

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Wayne Rooney’s career at Old Trafford took another twist on Saturday when the newly-installed captain was sent off against West Ham, with Lee Mason dismissing the England skipper during the second half of the match.

It was Rooney’s first red card since 2009, with Sam Allardyce claiming that the challenge was “crazy” and “irresponsible”. The player was quick to object to the red card while on the pitch but has now decided to accept the decision graciously.

“It was probably the right decision,” he said. “I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break up the play, but I just misjudged it.”

Rooney says he will not appeal. “No. I understand it,” he said. “I knew at the time that I misjudged it. It is a red card and I don’t think it will benefit anyone to appeal against the decision.”

Rooney also reveals that he apologized to his team-mates in the dressing room after the match as United were left to hang on for a 2-1 victory against an improving Hammers team.

“Yeah, of course I did. Everyone knew [I was in the wrong], so I am just grateful the lads were able to hold on,” he said.

Asked if he had spoken to Downing, Rooney said: “No. I haven’t absolutely volleyed the lad. I have tried to trip him up and he got further away from me and that is why my leg is straighter than it should have been.”

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