Friday 24 November 2017

Rooney in fresh row with Mancini

THE WAR of words between Roberto Mancini and Wayne Rooney has escalated once more after the City boss waved an imaginary red card in an attempt to get a player sent off.

The City manager claimed he was merely copying Rooney in demanding the dismissal of Maynor Figueroa for deliberate handball in the 88th minute of last night's 1-0 win over Wigan.

Mancini apologised for an identical act when Martin Skrtel tripped Yaya Toure during City's 3-0 league defeat of Liverpool two weeks ago, having vowed never to do it again following a previous episode.

He then condemned Rooney for urging Chris Foy to dismiss Kompany for a two-footed tackle on Nani in the FA Cup third round.

The City manager's latest dispute prompted Rooney to say on Twitter: “Was manchini [sic] asking for a red card?”

And Mancini, having initially refused to discuss the subject or apologise, responded: “I used to do this but I don't want to say anything.

“I did it because Wayne Rooney did this. It is normal with a chance like that to do it.”

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