Rooney Escapes Ban - Lucky or Right Decision?
After all the ''will he'' or ''wont he'' talk hot on the lips of football fans up and down the country, the FA have announced that Wayne Rooney will have no action taken against him for his elbow on Wigan midfielder James McCarthy at the weekend.
At a time when refereeing consistency is seemingly criticised every weekend, this decision will only promote arguments against officials and the FA. Mark Clattenberg, who refereed the match between United and Wigan, has since claimed that he saw the incident and dealt with it accordingly. Clattenburg told the FA on Monday that he feels he took the appropriate action, which means the governing body cannot bring charges against the striker.
Television replays apparently showed Rooney swipe McCarthy on the back of his head with an elbow after the midfielder had appeared set to block the Manchester United striker's run.
The announcement will come as a big relief to Manchester United and their fans, who have been waiting to find out if their star-striker would miss some of Untied's biggest games of the season. Any ban would have ruled Rooney out of tomorrow nights match against Chelsea, along with United's meeting with Liverpool and the possible FA Cup quarter-final with Arsenal.
The decision from the FA will no doubt be a controversial one. There has been a lot of debate amongst journalists and fans discussing whether Rooney did deserve a ban and if the right decision was made not to take further action.
With the FA continuing to promote their 'Respect' campaign, should the FA have made an example of Rooney, or was the right decision made not to punish the striker? Let us know your thoughts....