By Chris Wright
Wigan owner Dave Whelan has reacted angrily after the FA announced yesterday that they were powerless to dole out any retrospective punishment to Wayne Rooney, chiefly because referee Mark Clattenburg deemed that giving the Manchester United striker a little hug was the ‘appropriate action’ to take after his elbow assault on Latics midfielder James McCarthy’s temples.
Whelan is quoted in this morning’s Sun as saying:
“[The FA’s decision] sends out a terrible message. Something is wrong when a top international like Rooney is seen doing something like this, as clear as day, and is allowed to get away without being punished.
“If it was any other club or player, you can bet your life he would have been sent off, but officials seem to be intimidated by the words ‘Rooney’ and ‘United’.
“Manchester United are allowed to get away with things the rest of us get pulled up for, and you can’t