Wayne Rooney Escapes FA Censure For Elbow On James McCarthy

Wayne Rooney will face no disciplinary action for his elbow on Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy at the DW Stadium on Saturday.Wayne Rooney

The FA spoke to the referee, Mark Clattenburg, this morning and he said he saw the incident and was satisfied that he dealt with it appropriately at the time.

Any ban would have ruled Rooney out of Tuesday’s Premier League match against Chelsea, Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool and the FA Cup quarter-final tie against either Leyton Orient or Arsenal.

However, the Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said he had no problems with Rooney playing tomorrow. “If these are the rules, and the FA decided this, I am happy to play against Rooney,” he said.

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.

At the time Clattenburg awarded a free-kick. His opinion that he dealt with the incident at the time leaves the governing body, under its own legislation, powerless to launch disciplinary proceedings against the 25-year-old.

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