Wayne Rooney annoyed by Graeme Souness and Martin Tyler criticism
Manchester United were denied all three points thanks to a late Cardiff equaliser on Sunday afternoon, although they might have been beaten if Wayne Rooney had received a red card early in the match.
November 25th, 2013
Rooney appeared to kick out at City midfielder Jordon Mutch before escaping with a yellow card, with many feeling that the England man could have received an early bath for the lunge before he went on to open the scoring.
Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler and Graeme Souness were among those who questioned whether Rooney should have still been on the pitch, with the latter describing the Manchester United man as having “an exploding head”.
Rooney took to Twitter to respond to the comments made by the Sky team, saying: “Just watched game back. I agree mine was bad tackle and ref dealt with it. And Martin Tyler didn’t shut up about it all game.”
Another tweet, referring to Medel, read: “Then someone slaps someone in face and he doesn’t speak a word about it. I like Martin but that’s poor from him.”
“Sourness [sic] the rules are u kick out u should be off. Souness medel gives left hook he’s done his job. Haha brilliant.”
A further tweet read: “Sourness was sarcastic for everyone biting”, though it is unclear what this referred to.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay praised referee Neil Swarbrick after the match for his handling of the incident, with captain Ben Turner also admitting he was glad that Rooney stayed on the pitch.
The Cardiff manager said: “I’ve had a look at it again on TV and some referees might have sent him off but I think Swarbrick was calm in his approach, had a good game and handled it well. Both teams were tough and committed and there were some tasty challenges and the referee’s handling of it overall was good.”
Rooney later tweeted after watching a replay of the incident. “Just watched game back. I agree mine was bad tackle and ref dealt with it.”