Wayne Rooney contacted by the FA over controversial claim from his playing days
The former Manchester United man was known for his aggression on the pitch, which along with his quality made him one of the best players in the league
Rooney during Man United's Champions League match against Celtic
Wayne Rooney could potentially be in trouble with the FA following his admission that he once went out onto the pitch wearing longer studs than what he normally did, with the intention to “hurt someone”, in an interview with The Mail.
According to Sky News, the Derby County manager has now been contacted by the FA for more details.
The interview was a revealing one in which the 36-year-old recounts his problems with alcohol and anger among other things. The Englishman then brings up an incident during Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
Chelsea needed only a point to secure the title, and Rooney says he chose to wear long metal studs on the day - the maximum length allowed, instead of the plastic ones with metal tips that he wore throughout his career because he wanted to “hurt someone”.
Chelsea captain John Terry ended up being the victim of Rooney’s anger on the day, as the centre-back needed treatment after Rooney’s challenge had left a hole in his foot and his socks soaked in blood. Rooney even says that weeks later, he asked for his stud back when he signed a shirt for Terry.
Terry eventually left the stadium on crutches that day but 16 years on, the 41-year-old manages to laugh about it.
If the FA do take action against Rooney, it wouldn’t be a first, as back in 2002, Roy Keane was handed a 5-match ban and fined £150,000 for admitting in his autobiography of deliberately injuring Alf-Inge Haaland.