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Wayne Rooney blasted by Harry Redknapp: I don't remember Bobby Charlton doing that!
Published : 04 Apr 2011 20:26:34
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has slammed Wayne Rooney for the foul-mouthed rant that followed his hat-trick against West Ham and insisted that the Manchester United striker fully deserved his FA charge. The FA announced on Monday afternoon that Rooney has been charged with 'use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language' following his expletive-ridden celebration at West Ham on Saturday. Controversial: Rooney celebrates his hat-trick and aims a foul-mouthed rant into the camera The England striker issued an apology after the Red Devils' 4-2 win, but that may not have been enough to save him from a ban that could see him ruled out of United's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City in two weeks' time. Redknapp joined the long line of pundits and ex-officials who condemned the rant tonight, insisting that the 25-year-old deserved to be charged. 'I haven't heard what he said as I was driving back from Wigan but I've read what's been reported in the papers,' Redknapp said at a press conference ahead of Spurs' game against Real Madrid. 'I don't know why he did that. I don't remember Bobby Charlton doing that when he used to smack goals into the top corner from 35 yards. 'Whydo these young players have to be so angry with the world? I don't knowwhy. They are getting hundreds of thousands of pounds a week. Hitting out: Redknapp was critical of Rooney ahead of Tottenham's first-leg Champions League clash in Madrid 'I respect him (Rooney) as a player but he is a silly boy for what he did and he shouldn't have done it.' Steve McClaren, who worked with Rooney during his time as England manager and was assistant to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson from 1999 to 2001, said Rooney must take his punishment. The FA charge carries a two-match ban, with Rooney's options being to accept the charge, contest it or accept the charge but appeal against the severity of the punishment. McClaren told talkSPORT: 'I do know that the player, the manager and everybody behind the scenes at Manchester United work very, very hard on discipline and this kind of thing, but when it happens you have to hold your hands up and accept what happens. Take it on the chin: Steve McClaren has told Rooney he was accept his punishment 'Wayne Rooney is Wayne Rooney and he sometimes does things which are not very savoury, which should not happen and you have to pay the consequences. 'I know internally Manchester United is the right club and he's with the right manager to bring his game on, to keep his temperament in check.' It's Bale versus Ronaldo! Stars declared fit for Champions League showdown Rooney rocked by two-game ban threat as FA get tough over striker's foul TV tirade Martin Samuel: Wayne Rooney seems a man motivated only by vengeance and spitePatrick Collins: Rooney's foulmouthed tirade makes mockery of new campaign Explore more:People: Wayne Rooney, Harry Redknapp, Alex Ferguson, Steve McClaren Places: United Kingdom