Wayne Rooney Set To Play Against Chelsea As He Escapes Punishment

Old Trafford star will not be punished following elbow at the DW Stadium.

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will face Chelsea tomorrow night after the Football Association confirmed no action will be taken against him following his elbow on Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy.

The England international was caught by cameras striking the Wigan midfielder’s head with the elbow in United’s 4-0 win.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insisted Rooney should have been sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg.

Rooney’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson dismissed the incident as a media witch-hunt against the 25-year-old.

Clattenburg awarded a free-kick but did not show Rooney a yellow or red card.

The FA were waiting for the referee’s report before deciding to use video evidence or not to charge the player.

But Clattenburg’s interpretation of the event means the FA have no power to act retrospectively within the current rules.

Rooney is now available to face rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and he will be looking to extend his side’s lead at the top of the Premier League.

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