Zeenews Sports Bureau
London: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has accused Rooney of deliberately getting their skipper Vincent Kompany sent off in Sunday’s derby clash.
"It was not a red card. Rooney told him his decision. This type of tackle happened with Rio Ferdinand and other United defenders many times,” Mancini told a daily.
"The red card for Vinnie? No, it`s impossible. But I don`t want to talk about the referee because I want to stay on the bench for the next game." he lamented.
Kompany was red-carded during Sunday’s FA cup clash for a two-footed lunge on Nani. Following this Rooney ran towards the referee to complain about the incident and Foy red-carded Kompany. Kompany's challenge, however, appeared to be a fair one.
Striker Sergio Aguero too wasn’t happy with the decision as he clearly blamed the incident to have conditioned the game that saw City losing the thriller 2-3 after being reduced to 10-men.
"I seldom try to find excuses or comment on the referees. But the unfair expulsion of Vincent conditioned the whole game." he said.
However, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson agreed with the referee’s judgment.
"The referee was right on that one. I have seen him do it (Kompany) before and he has got away with it before."If there had been contact with Nani then it would have been a bad one. He is lucky he didn`t make contact. The intention was there. It was a two-footed tackle off the ground — it was a red card." Ferguson said.
Sunday’s red card means that City’s Vincent Kompany will face a four-match ban as this was his second red-card of the season. The club has appealed against the decision.