Referee Who Booked Rooney Talks To The Press

Jun. 07, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Platinum Stars v England World Cup Warm-Up Match - Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng, North West Province, South Africa - 7/6/10..England's Wayne Rooney (R) remonstrates with the referee.
Quite a bit has been made about the yellow card, which Wayne Rooney received in a friendly training game against the Platinum Stars. He received the yellow for dissent, after apparently swearing at the referee.

Rooney received eight yellow cards during the 2009/10 season, whilst playing for both Manchester United and England. After receiving a yellow in a friendly ahead of the World Cup, his temperament is being questioned again.

To be fair, he does have a track record of losing his temper and getting sent off but making such a big deal about it just before the World Cup won’t help. Now everyone will be watching what Rooney does/says and the referee’s will have it in the back of their minds again.

Rooney’s obviously worked hard on trying to control his temper but what’s wound me up is the way the referee has handled himself after the game. There is no need for him to come out to the press.

You don’t normally see referees come out and say why they showed a player a yellow card but the South African referee Jeff Selogilwe has done exactly that. Maybe referees should explain themselves sometimes but not after friendly games for a yellow card.

Speaking on the phone to The Associated Press, Selogilwe said: "I said, 'No, Rooney, you don't use that word again. ... He was so aggressive'"

"I was very much disappointed because Wayne Rooney is my role-model player."

I watched that game, Rooney was frustrated but he did nothing for that referee to turn round and say that he’s disappointed in him. I’ve also seen Wayne Rooney a lot more aggressive than that!

The referee also spoke to the BBC, telling them that he had asked Rooney if he could have his shirt after the game. But after that caution, he told the striker: "You can keep your shirt.”

Judging by his reaction to being booked, he wouldn’t have given it to him anyway!

Aston Villa’s Emile Heskey was also booked, nothing has been made about that. The USA have already said that they will target Rooney, he now has to keep his temper under control.

So the media have made such a big deal about this one yellow card, the referee has brought more attention to it and it now wouldn’t surprise me to see Rooney sent off at the World Cup and vilified. I know Rooney's is no saint and he shouldn't have got wound up but this really won't help.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    stupid rooooney...

  2. arun says:

    England were shite that day.nothing said about it. JC AND Rooney were the better players on that pitch.

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