United legend blasts 'farcical' Rooney sending off and rues reffing hell

23 March 2009 03:42
Manchester United

legend Paddy Crerand has leaped to the defence of Wayne Rooney who was sent-off at Fulham

after hurling the ball in the direction of referee Phil Dowd.

The former Old Trafford midfielder said: 'We have a situation in England at the moment where we have the worst referees God ever created. The Paul Scholes sending-off decision, you couldn't argue with that. 

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Crerand

'But the Rooney dismissal was a farce. United are losing, he wants toget on with the game, he picks the ball up and hurls it about 40 yardsstraight to Jonny Evans.

'I know the referee's in that vicinity but it landed straight at Evans' feet. And the referee sent him off.

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Source: Daily_Mail