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No penalty for Rooney

sports Updated: Feb 27, 2011 23:24 IST

Wayne Rooney seems likely to escape punishment for elbowing Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy on Saturday as the referee saw the incident and awarded a free kick against the Manchester United striker.

Rooney caught McCarthy off the ball in an innocuous situation on the halfway line after four minutes of the Premier League match at the DW Stadium, which United went on to win 4-0. He was widely condemned for the action. The referee awarded a free kick but did not caution Rooney, leaving Wigan manager Roberto Martinez furious. "I saw the incident clearly and the referee did as well because he gave the free-kick," Martinez told reporters.

"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.