A broken leg is no joke and can involve a long and painful recovery process but the flying elbow can not only cause a broken jaw or fractured cheekbone but could also lead to a visit to the dentist for tooth damage or more seriously the loss of an eye. Bad as broken limbs may be you can not replace an eye. Career over.
This brings me neatly on to an incident at the weekend involving England’s overpaid and overrated pin up boy. But as big John Hartson said on match of the day2 on Sunday 28th February the judgment should be about the incident and not personalities. So let us look at the incident first and you can make up your mind about Rooney afterwards.
The trouble with these type of fouls is that the victim is usually unsuspecting and as in the incident under debate, was looking away from the assailant.
The victim, Wigan’s James McCarthy had his back to Wayne Rooney who smashed him from behind much in the same way that cowardly gunslingers shot people in the back in western movies. We all know how these men were universally despised by their fellow gunfighters.
Alex Ferguson was fly enough to avoid the press by sending out his no2 to face reporters but if the boot had been on the other foot you can safely bet that he would have been out there demanding the return of capital punishment and suggesting that the referee in question should be downgraded.
The referee does not deny that he saw the incident and considers that he properly dealt with the situation by awarding a free kick. If that is all he saw in the incident it may be time for a quick visit to SPECSAVERS.
As for the powers that be they are quite content to hide behind a convenient rule which allows them to look the other way when an England player is involved.
Now make up your mind about Rooney.