FA contacts Rooney over claim he wanted to injure opponent in 2006

Wayne Rooney said in a recent interview that as a player he wanted to injure an opponent during a game in 2006.

Wayne Rooney says he wore longer studs in a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge because he “wanted to hurt someone.”   -  AP

The English Football Association (FA) has sought observations from Derby County manager Wayne Rooney after he said in a recent interview that as a player he wanted to injure an opponent during a game in 2006, British media reported.

Former Manchester United forward Rooney told the Mail On Sunday that he wore longer studs in a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge because he “wanted to hurt someone.”

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“I changed my studs before the game,” Rooney said. “I put longer studs in because I wanted to hurt someone.”

“The studs were legal,” he added. “They were a legal size. But they were bigger than what I would normally wear.”

Rooney and John Terry clashed during the game, with the Chelsea defender receiving treatment. United lost the match 3-0, with Chelsea winning the league that season.

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