Wayne Rooney faces an anxious wait on Monday to find out whether he will miss Manchester United’s crucial games at Chelsea and Liverpool after he appeared to elbow Wigan’s James McCarthy.
Rooney could be charged with violent conduct for the incident which occurred in his side’s 4-0 Premier League win on Saturday.
Rooney lifted his arm into the side of McCarthy’s head early in United’s 4-0 victory and Clattenburg gave a free kick at the time. The case is a test of the FA’s disciplinary system, with retrospective ‘trial by video’ only to be used for incidents which escape the attention of the referee.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that the media would target Wayne Rooney.
“There’s nothing in it… [but] as it is Wayne the press will raise a campaign to get him hung or electrocuted, something like that,” he said.
“It is unbelievable. Watch the press. It will be interesting to see it [their reaction to the claims from Wigan boss Roberto Martinez].”
Martinez said Rooney deserved a red card after the incident.
“I saw the incident clearly, and the referee did as well because he gave the free-kick,” said Martinez.
“Once you give a free-kick it is quite clear that it is a red card.
“When you look at the replay, it is quite clear he catches James McCarthy in the face with his elbow.
“If one of my players had done that, I would think he was very lucky to stay on the pitch.
“It is a big call in the game. It is unfortunate because the referee saw it, but he didn’t feel it was a red card. It was not because he was Wayne Rooney. It was an incident in the game. That is it.”