Rooney faces investigation over bad tackle

By Cara Liddle

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is under investigation this week over a “dangerous” tackle in Wednesday nights game against at Old Trafford.

The player could face an early ban from the Champions League knockout stages.

The incident involved the Danish midfielder Kasper Risgard who claimed that the collision left “big marks” on his body as a result of Rooney “jumping on my chest”.

Rooney standing over Risgard

Risgard also claimed that Rooney simply stated “that’s football” at the time of the incident which was not picked up by French referee Laurent Duhamel. Although he claims that despite Rooney making earlier rash challenges he did apologise after the game.

Adding ” I do not think the referee saw it happen, but if we were anywhere else but this place (Manchester United’s home ground of Old Trafford) we would have seen a red card.”

A UEFA spokesperson said: “We are aware of the incident and the disciplinary panel will study the footage and newspaper reports before deciding whether to take action.”

Should any retrospective action on a violent conduct charge occur this could mean Rooney sidelined for one or both legs of United’s   game in February as they defend the Champions League title.