With the Reds 2-0 down at half-time Rooney pulled the score back to 2-2 with a well taken free kick and a low shot just inside the Irons box.
Just after the hour mark, United were awarded a penalty after Fabio Da Silva broke down the right wing and into the area only to see his cross blocked by Mathew Upson’s arm.
West Ham players protested, although it was a bit rich considering referee Lee Mason had already awarded the home side two penalties and ignored what looked like an obvious one for United in the first. Rooney stepped up coolly slotted home his penalty then celebrated by shouting into the camera “what f*cking what.”
The match being broadcast live on Sky was being watched by millions and certain members of the press have called for Rooney to be banned, citing his behaviour as a breach of the RESPECT campaign.
Trevor Brooking told Radio 5’s Sportsweek: “Tomorrow there will be a decision,
“It was a surprise, after scoring a hat-trick, to react that way. It is something we will have to look at.”
Rooney apologised for the outburst after the game, stating: ‘I want to apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my goal celebration, especially to any parents or children that were watching.
“Emotions were running high and on reflection my heat-of-the-moment reaction was inappropriate. It was not aimed at anyone in particular.”
Lets hope the FA accept his apology and both he and United can move on without further distractions or punishments.
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