Roberto Mancini Accuses Wayne Rooney Of Getting Vincent Kompany Sent Off

Etihad Stadium boss blames Old Trafford striker for red card.

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Roberto Mancini has accused Wayne Rooney of putting pressure on referee Chris Foy to send off Vincent Kompany in Manchester City’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

The defender, 25, faces a four-match ban after he was sent off for a tackle on Nani at Etihad Stadium.

Mancini said: “It was not a red card. Rooney told him his decision.”

When asked to clarify if he felt Rooney had influenced the decision, Mancini added: “Yes, he was near the referee.”

Mancini says the club will appeal against the red card. He said: “We will do an appeal and I am sure that we will win.

“There is no way Vincent shouldn’t play against Liverpool in the Carling Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

“It was 300% not a sending off.”


No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will resond to Roberto Mancini’s claim and in the ensuing verbal melee the person who is really responsible for the harsh decision to send Vincent Kompany off, and that is of course referee Chris Foy.

Though Man United, and other sides as well, are known for crowding officials and making their feelings on decisions very clear, on this occasion it did look as though Foy had made up his mind pretty quickly to send off the Belgian international and that decision is all the more baffling given that Nani, a player who doesn’t usually need an invitation to writhe around on the ground, didn’t even go to ground after the tackle from the Man City skipper.

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