Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will claim self defence if the FA choose to investigate his elbow on James McCarthy, according to reports.
The England ace elbowed the Wigan player in the head during Saturday’s 4-o victory.
Referee Mark Clattenburg called up the incident and awarded Wigan a free kick – but Rooney went away from the incident unpunished.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez slammed the decision, calling it a red card offence while Match of the Day pundit John Harton called it “indefensible”.
Despite wide condemnation, Man United have unsurprisingly leapt to Rooney’s defence.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: “There was nothing in it. But because it is Wayne Rooney the press will raise a campaign to get him hung by Tuesday, or electrocuted or something like that.”
According to The Mirror, if the FA investigate the incident Rooney will say he was acting in self-defence, believing McCarthy was about to hit him.
The United will find out today if he will face a violent conduct charge which could leave him with a three match suspension, ruling him out of crucial matches against Chelsea and Liverpool.
If United contest any ban, Rooney would be free to play against Chelsea on Tuesday but could face a further ban if his appeal is turned down by the FA – meaning he could miss the possible FA Cup tie against Arsenal.
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