Ferguson condemns Rooney treatment

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Sir Alex Ferguson has attacked sections of the media he claims would be delighted if Wayne Rooney was banned by UEFA.

Europe's governing body will decide on Monday whether Rooney has a case to answer over his alleged stamp on Aalborg midfielder Kasper Risgard during the 2-2 draw.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Tottenham, Ferguson growled: "You (the media) play your part. You do not do us any favours. You cannot wait to speak to UEFA."

Risgard claimed Rooney's actions, which left marks on his chest, were deliberate and prompted a post-match apology from the England frontman.

Stand-in Aalborg boss Allan Kuhn also felt Rooney had overstepped the mark and UEFA have confirmed they will assess the incident, which was missed by referee Laurent Duhamel, early next week before deciding whether to charge the 23-year-old.

Should UEFA concur with Risgard's view, Rooney would almost certainly be banned for the beginning of the Champions League knock-out rounds in February.

It is not a prospect Ferguson finds appealing, particularly as he believes the storm is being whipped up by the media.

The Scot first refused to offer any opinion on the incident before rounding on his inquisitors as they tried to argue the subject was a legitimate matter for intense debate.

When asked whether he felt some journalists hoped Rooney would get banned, his terse reply came quickly. "I wouldn't be surprised. I would not be surprised," he repeated.

Ferguson will be in Japan, along with Rooney, when he discovers what UEFA plan to do.

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