Wayne Rooney’s MLS adventure took another untimely blow when a VAR review saw the referee send him off during DC United’s 2-1 defeat to New York Red Bulls.
The match official gave Rooney a red card after VAR spotted he had hit midfielder Cristian Casseres’ face with his forearm.
It came about in the 24th-minute, when Casseres attempted to block the Manchester United legend during a corner-kick. In retaliation, Rooney thrust his arm into his opponent’s jaw.
After seeing the video replays, the referee quickly handed the forward a straight red card. Incidentally, it was his second incident in the space of just four days after a foul-mouthed rant at an official last Sunday.
Moments after coming off during DC’s 1-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps, Rooney allegedly screamed “every f***ing game” in response to MLS refereeing standards.
However, the 33-year-old insists he didn’t deserve a red card on Thursday morning.
“Ask the referee. I think anyone who knows the game of football can see what the intent was. It was to try to ease the player out,” said Rooney, according to Daily Mirror.
“I’m disappointed because I got a red card and disappointed because I didn’t agree with the decision.”
Without Rooney leading the attack, DC fell to a disappointing 2-1 loss in front of their home supporters in Washington. While Ola Kamara managed to score a second-half equaliser for Ben Olsen’s men, Daniel Royer’s 59th-minute penalty gave the Red Bulls all three points.
Despite losing their ninth league match of the season, though, DC remain in the MLS playoff spots in fifth-place.
As for Rooney, he will soon be able to leave America behind after agreeing to join Derby County on January 2020.
The former England captain, who will don the No.32 jersey, will take on a player-coach for the Championship club.
A VAR-y harsh looking red card for Wayne Rooney. pic.twitter.com/aZ7AcHzd3k
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) August 22, 2019