World Cup refs won't stand for Rooney tantrums, Spurs legend warns Manchester United star
24 March 2009 02:55
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Tottenham legend Paul Miller has warned Wayne Rooney to cut out his petulant streak or risk being punished when referees clamp down at the World Cup next year.
The former Spurs hard man believes Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and other managers hold the key to stopping their pampered stars' tantrums.
And 'Maxi' would like to see referees adopting a zero tolerance attitude to dissenters.
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Blast from the past: Paul Miller (left) with Ossie Ardiles in 1981
Miller, 49, has no sympathy for Rooney who was sent-off for a second cautionable offence against Fulham when he hurled the ball in the direction of referee Phil Dowd.
'It was petulance,' said Miller. 'The quicker players grow up the better. The managers are the ones who can stop it because we're all sick and tired of seeing players race up to referees and remonstrating with them.
'In the World Cup next year you won't see a player booked for having a go at the referee. They'll be warned before the tournament that if they do, it'll mean a yellow card. They won't do it.
'If referees start booking a few more players and sending a few more off for remonstrating with them it would stop.'
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