This was a classic case of the refereeing bias and incompetence in the Premier League, it is also a great example of how useless the FA are at enforcing the rules of the game. Rooney's assault on McCarthy was disgraceful, it was a premeditated smash with the elbow, a really aggressive and violent act, a clear straight red card offence, arguably it was one that merited more than a three match ban given its violence.
The comments from the Manu camp afterwards betray a hypocritical club that knows it can bend things its way. Phelan claims they cannot dispute a referee's decision, it doesn't seem to stop them when decisions go against them does it? While Ferguson's pathetic defence of Rooney's assault is beneath contempt, the red faced bully claims it was 'nothing'. Arsenal players have been sent off for nothing at Old Trafford, Rooney's attempt at decapitating McCarthy with his elbow was not 'nothing'.
Clattenberg is either useless or corrupt, there is no other explanation. Rooney's deliberate swing of the elbow was a clear red card offence, if Clattenberg saw it and decided it didn't even merit a card then he is incompetent, if he saw it, knew it was bad and doesn't like sending off Manu players then he is bent. It remains clear that if the FA wanted to act, even if Clattenberg mentions that he had seen the incident in his match report, then they have the power to act. I have written on this previously and the FA's own guidance makes this fact rather clear. Maybe the FA will act, I rather doubt it though.
If Rooney walks at 0-0 then it is a different game. Yet again Manu get the benefit of some thoroughly dodgy refereeing and take full advantage. It is a great shame the the Premier League is not fair and that the FA have no desire to improve this situation. The FA are limp and pathetic in allowing this rank inconsistency to continue, they do not have the balls to act and stand up to the corrupt ruling body FIFA. This comes in the same week that FIFA deliberately block the introduction of goal line technology by subjecting it to some completely unrealistic criteria such as being 100% accurate, nothing in the world is 100% accurate.
So on the day that the Gunners face Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final with the useless Mike Dean in charge, we run the risk of another great footballing occasion being wrecked by incompetent and/or biased refereeing. Thanks a lot the FA and FIFA, you truly are cretins of the highest order for doing nothing about this shocking situation.