Well, well, well. Newcastle fans are not happy after TV cameras have highlighted Wayne Rooney’s off the ball elbow against Matt Ritchie during Wednesday’s defeat to Everton – a challenge that wasn’t even noticed by referee Martin Atkinson during the game, never mind met with any sort of card.
It may all sounds very bitter of us (he got the winner, he wasted time on countless occasions at the end and they won), but the incident below does not look good on Rooney and has every right to leave us pretty inensed.
I remember there being some reaction inside St James’ Park after the incident occurred, but on second viewing, there’s a very strong argument that Rooney should’ve gone for this.
Here’s the incident:
How was nothing given for this? pic.twitter.com/oFfOeutqiC
— Adam. (@SimplyMitro) December 14, 2017
A pretty clear and very late forearm smash on Matt Ritchie here. Nowhere near the ball and eyes only for Ritchie. Lucky for him the ref’s eyes were elsewhere, however that’s little consolation – especially given Jonjo Shelvey saw red later in the game.
Here’s NUFC fans reaction to the footage on social media:
Fans aren’t wrong. I honestly struggle to see how this isn’t any worse than Mitrovic’s elbow on Lanzini that saw him retrospectively punished by the FA and banned for three games.
I'm sorry but Mitrovic has to get a ban for that pic.twitter.com/QyDJzhbYUd
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) August 27, 2017
Will Rooney receive the same punishment? Doubt it.
Let us know your thoughts folks!