Just over two years ago Dave Whelan wasn't a very happy man. His Wigan Athletic side had just been battered 4-0 at home by Manchester United and he felt Wayne Rooney was lucky to get away without a red card for an apparent forearm push into James McCarthy's head.
An official saw the incident so the FA were powerless to deal with it retrospectively and couldn't dish out any ban to Wayne Rooney. It was the rules and many think the rules are stupid, Whelan was at the head of that group and he was furious about the situation. It wasn't fair, clearly Manchester United were being the beneficiaries of favouritism. If this had happened with a small club, a Wigan Athletic for example, then the FA wouldn't have hidden behind their rules.
Quoted by the Daily Mail and every other newspaper in the country, Whelan said:
'It sends out a terrible message. Something is wrong when a top international like Rooney is seen doing something like this, as clear as day, and is allowed to get away without being punished.
'If it was any other club or player, you can bet your life he would have been sent off. But officials seem intimidated by the words "Rooney" and "United".
'Manchester United are allowed to get away with things the rest of us get pulled up for. And you can't have one set of rules for one club and another for the rest.
'I don't care what the FA say about the matter being dealt with at the time by us getting a free-kick. They, and everyone else in football, know justice isn't being served here.
'The FA will be delighted they can hide behind their rules and let Rooney off, as they are frightened of taking sanctions against him and his club.'
And two years later when it's his own player at the middle of calls for a retrospective ban, Whelan is sure the referee saw it and therefore no action can be taken. Quoted by The Express:
'The referee was 15 yards from the tackle. I don't think his view was blocked. He had a clear view. I had a clear view in the stands."
Dave Whelan. Outraged by everything, ashamed of nothing.
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