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The Blues see red over Rooney tackle

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Chelsea players believe Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney deserved a red card for a tackle on Oscar in the dying minutes of their Premier League encounter at Old Trafford.

Rooney had lost control of the ball and was a little over the top in his effort to regain possession. The United forward caught Chelsea midfielder Oscar on his calf with a high boot. Oscar crumpled to the ground and Rooney immediately put his arms up as if to suggest he was merely late and that there was no malice in his challenge. Referee Martin Atkinson cautioned Rooney with a yellow card, which the striker accepted without fuss.

However, another Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel thought Rooney should have been sent off: “I didn’t see the tackle, but from what I’ve heard it was a bit high. The other players were talking about it at the end and they said he should have been sent off. Oscar is fine though.”

Former referee Dermot Gallagher also thought Rooney was lucky. “He was nowhere near the ball, it was high and it was dangerous… To make a challenge like that he was running a massive risk of getting a red card. The only thing that has saved him is that the referee didn’t have the view that the cameras showed. It was a straight red.”

Rooney, however, insisted he had no intention of causing Oscar harm. At the post-match interview, he said: “It was obviously accidental. I knew straight away I caught him and I could have caused him a bit of damage.

“I apologised to him on the pitch, there was no intention of hurting him and he’s [the referee] given me my yellow card which I probably deserved.”

The English Football Association will not take further action against Rooney because the referee saw the incident and dealt with it on the pitch.

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