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“Ref should have apologised to Manchester United star” claims manager: Is the old man wrong again?

The vast majority of football fans thought that Wayne Rooney was wrong to kiss the Manchester United badge at Goodison Park a week ago. While it’s usually something that’s done when a player has scored for their team, the Red Devils striker instead did it in response to the baiting of Everton fans, after being booked for a foul on Mikel Arteta.

OK, so the yellow card given to the forward might have been a touch harsh, yet Sir Alex Ferguson now has the temerity to suggest that Alan Wiley should have apologised to Rooney for booking him. Setanta report that Fergie has called for the ref to repeat the phone call he made to David Moyes earlier in the season, when Everton were the victims of a poor decision. Has the Scot lost the plot on this one?

“I read in the paper a few weeks ago that Alan Wiley phoned David Moyes to apologise for the penalty kick Everton did not get at Stoke,” he said.

“When you see that booking on Saturday, you would think he might lift the phone to apologise as well because it was a ridiculous decision.

“It was unfair and put us under pressure. Wayne is a committed player and he tackles, but any more and he would have been sent off.

“The crowd had got to the referee and it was difficult.”

Goodness me, the Manchester United manager just won’t let this one lie, especially as he felt obliged to substitute Rooney as he feared that the former Everton player might have got himself sent off. Once again, the Respect campaign seems to be disregarded by managers who simply cannot accept that the referee’s decision is final.

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