Wayne Rooney says he is not to blame for the red card to Vincent Kompany that helped Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2 in the FA Cup.
City manager Roberto Mancini said Rooney pressured referee Chris Foy into showing a 12th-minute red card after Kompany’s two-footed challenge on Nani.
But Rooney wrote on Twitter: “Funny how people think i got kompany sent off. Im not ref. i didn’t give red card. But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle.”
City lodged an appeal on Monday against the red card and Kompany’s four-game ban. The club said the hearing will be held ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal first leg against Liverpool.
But United defender Rio Ferdinand also used Twitter to defend Foy’s decision.
“How can there be any debate about the red card? You leave the ground with a two-foot tackle (equals) Red card. Fact.”