'If you are a referee in the run of play without replays I don't think any of us would have said it is not a penalty,' 67-year-old England manager Roy Hodgson said of Wayne Rooney’s tact to be awarded a penalty last night against Preston North End.
Wayne Rooney should be punished and diving banned
English FA rules regarding the awarding of penalties indicts Wayne Rooney and the referee for a malicious call on the night United beat Preston North End 1-3.
'The goalkeeper has gone with both feet. Wayne has touched it past him.'
Manchester United reached the quarter final stage of the 2015 FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over League one side, Preston North End on Monday night.
The Red Devils will face Arsenal in the revival of old rivalry between these two teams.
Their qualification at the Deepdale Arena was as emphatic as Wayne Rooney’s dive for the third goal which came through a penalty.
United trailed Preston early into the second half after Laird put the hosts ahead in the 47th minute.
Only after Radamel Falcao was substituted did Louis Van Gaal’s side find their back into the game with Ander Herrera coming in his third start for the club levelling for the visitors at 65.
Marouane Fellaini made it two seven minutes later and the game was to either that way or Preston possibly pushing for an equaliser as they pressed on for that.
Captain Rooney would cut the rope of survival for the hosts, and then shoot United into the last 8 with quite an unprofessional conduct for a player his calibre.
Preston goalkeeper, Thorsten Stuckmann charged towards Wayne Rooney who had received a through pass toward goal.
The 29 year-old England captain seemed to have been tapped down by the goalkeeper but constant replay showed that he dived and there was no contact.
Preston manager, Simon Grayson though concedes that the player did not dive, whilst insisting there was no contact.
'I am not saying it wasn't a penalty. I'm saying there was no contact,' said Grayson.
'It wasn't a dive. He's gone to get out of the way and taken evasive action.'
Former Republic of Ireland midfielder and BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane did accuse Rooney of a dive, saying the United forward could have "hurdled the challenge" of the German keeper.
'There's no contact. Wayne tried to leave his leg in there a little bit, just looking for it,' said Kilbane. 'It's still a dive. I really do think that.
'It looks like a penalty when you see referee Phil Dowd's angle, but there's no contact.'
English FA rules regarding a penalty holds the referee and Wayne Rooney culpable
‘A penalty is awarded if an opposition player commits the following offences "in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force": -kicks or attempts to kick an opponent; trips or attempts to trip an opponent; tackles an opponent
In cases there are no clear contact in the penalty area; the rule states that the referee "must be convinced" there has been "no physical contact whatsoever" and that the referee "should be 100% certain'' that a player has simulated (feigned) ‘’an unfair challenge" before booking them for unsporting behaviour.
It adds: "If, however, the referee is not totally sure but there is a hint of simulation, the referee is advised to take the earliest opportunity to be seen to speak clearly to the player(s) involved."
The referee did not speak with the goalkeeper or Wayne Rooney as he immediately pointed to the spot.
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