Liverpool's Luis Suárez deserved red card for Scott Parker kick, says Wayne Rooney
Published 07/02/2012 | 11:03
MANCHESTER United's Wayne Rooney has increased tensions ahead of this weekend's toxic clash with Liverpool by claiming Luis Suárez deserved a red card for kicking Tottenham's Scott Parker at Anfield.
Suarez was given a rapturous reception from Liverpool fans following his return from an eight-match ban when he came on as a 66th minute subtitute at Anfield.
But the controversial Uruguay striker's first taste of action since Dec 26 ended in frustration as Liverpool were held to a goalless draw - with the former Ajax player booked for kicking Tottenham's Scott Parker in the stomach.
However Rooney stirred up proceedings ahead of Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League by airing his thoughts on Twitter.
"If ref sees that kick from Suarez and books him for it, it should be red," Rooney wrote on his account.
The view was endorsed by former United team-mate Gary Neville in his role as Sky TV pundit. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish opted not to get involved in that argument, saying: "He just never saw him.
Then, when informed of what had been said he replied: "Who said that? Why don't you tweet Wayne back and give him your answer.
"I don't have a view on what they have tweeted, especially when I have not seen it. If Neville or Wayne were standing there and asked me the question, I could answer them.
"I don't think you can speak for either Gary or Wayne so unless they want to ask me the question, I will just plead the fifth amendment."