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Rio: Leave Roo alone

RIO FERDINAND has called for Wayne Rooney to be left alone. Once again Rooney has grabbed all the headlines last night when he outgunned all rivals with a sublime Champions League show at Stamford Bridge.

As Fernando Torres once again failed to find the net, Rooney stepped up with a goal to put United one step closer to a European semi-final.

And in the wake of Rooney's two-match ban for swearing into a television camera, Ferdinand has called for Rooney's critics to stand down.

"There has been a lot of hype about Wayne over the last few days and we should follow him as a footballer rather than keep lynching him for a lot of the stuff that goes on," claimed Ferdinand.

Rooney put in an excellent performance at the Bridge last night as United registered their first win at the home of Chelsea for nine years.

And Ferdinand admits that Rooney has brought much of the current wave of negative publicity upon himself.

"I wouldn't say he is innocent in a lot of the stuff that has happened but the reaction can sometimes be over the top. I don't feel sorry for him," said Ferdinand.

SWEARING

"He thrives off the attention. But he thrives off football attention rather than the stuff on the outside.

"Wayne Rooney swearing on TV, as much as much as I don't condone it, is not front-page news. There are bigger things going on in the world.

"There are things happening in Libya and Ivory Coast and we are talking about Wayne Rooney swearing at a camera. Because it is him everyone goes over the top."


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