Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has received a warning from the FA after admitting he came into a game against Chelsea 16 years ago wanting to ‘try to hurt someone’.
Rooney, who now manages Derby at the Championship side, has revealed in a new Amazon documentary that he wore different cleats for a crucial Premier League meeting with the Blues in 2006, during which he challenged John Terry who injured his England teammate.
He said he changed his usual cleats for this match “because I wanted to try to hurt someone” and added: “John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot and signed my shirt for him after the game.
The FA have asked Rooney for an explanation of the comments and the PA news agency understands they have now issued a warning to the Derby manager.
Rooney said: “Until my last game for Derby I always wore the old plastic cleats with the metal tip.
“For that game (between United and Chelsea in April 2006) I changed them to big and long metal – the maximum length you could have because I wanted to try to hurt somebody, try to hurt somebody.
“I knew they were going to win this game. We felt they were a better team at the time so I changed my boots.
“The cleats were legal, but thinking if there was a challenge there, I knew I wanted to get it right, basically. I actually did.
“John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot, then I signed my shirt for him after the game… and a few weeks later, I sent it to him and asked for my stud back.
“If you look back when they were celebrating, JT is on his crutches because of that tackle.”
Responding to Rooney’s comments, Terry tweeted with a number of laughing emojis, “Is that when you left your stud in my foot?”
Rooney confirmed last Friday that he had given his answer to the FA.
“I’ve been very open about my mindset,” he told a Derby pre-match press conference.
“It was a feeling, it wasn’t something I went out on…I didn’t go onto the pitch thinking I was going to hurt and hurt somebody, it was a feeling that I Obviously I had a tackle with John Terry which was a good honest 50-50 tackle between two players, no problem.
Additional reports by AP.