Mark Clattenburg Bottled it – Rooney Escapes Ban

Wayne Rooney received just a talking to and a pat on the back from referee Mark Clattenburg following his blatant elbow in the face of Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy.

The game was scoreless at the time of the event and Wigan were arguably on top, creating a few one-on-one chances that Edwin van der Sar denied. After Nani setup Javier Hernandez for United’s first, the current Premier League leaders took control of the game as they stolled away to a 4-0 victory. Wayne Rooney scored the third.

The main talking point after the game was Wayne Rooney’s early first half elbow.

On the same day that Blackpool’s DJ Campbell was sent off for a two-handed shove in the face of an opponent, Wayne Rooney has got away with an elbow that could have caused his opponent damage. Perhaps Ian Holloway will appeal Campbell’s red card on the basis that Rooney’s offence was worse?

Ultimately, the game’s referee Mark Clattenburg had an opportunity to review the footage and let the FA know action should have been taken, instead of insisting he took the appropriate action at the time.

I sympathise with fans who constantly bemoan the FA and referee’s inconsistency. But I don’t facing an FA investigation and potential 3 match ban for saying Wayne Rooney got let off because he is Wayne Rooney – ie an England star intentional. Once again the FA have defended their national players, and perhaps I shouldn’t argue about that.

England travel to Wales for their 4th Euro 2012 qualifying game on March 26th. Manchester United travel to Chelsea tomorrow night for their next Premier League game. Chelsea are currently a handsome 2.24 to lay with Betfair.