Wayne Rooney was caught by Sky Sports cameras apparently giving Chelsea’s supporters the two-fingered salute just before half-time during Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford yesterday.
The video was quickly posted on YouTube, and now Rooney could face more questions from the FA – only five weeks after receiving a two-match ban for swearing down a television camera at West Ham.
A United spokesperson denied the striker made the gesture – and suggested he was pointing to his eyes to indicate a bad decision from the officials (the gesture took place after Rooney was fouled by Branislav Ivanovic,
a foul that wasn’t punished with a yellow card), but whether that
explanation will cut any dice with the FA remains to be seen.
However, one Chelsea fan told The Sun: “He was getting a lot of abuse from us and he just flicked the Vs.
“I think it was just a bit of a sly one, but obviously he got caught on the TV cameras,” the fan said. “He shouldn’t have done it.”
Should Rooney Rooney cop a suspension for the incident, the effect on United would be minimal given
that the ban would only apply to domestic matches and that Sir Alex
Ferguson’s side need only one point from their remaining two games to
seal a record 19th league title.
Last night Rooney appeared unaware of any storm brewing, tweeting: “What a result. Bounced back after last week.
Think I’ll have a glass of wine or 2 tonight. What a feeling”.