FA make contact with Wayne Rooney over claim that he wore longer studs against Chelsea in 2006 because he ‘wanted to hurt someone’

The FA has made contact with Wayne Rooney after the Derby County boss admitted to wearing longer studs in a 2006 match against Chelsea ‘so that he could hurt someone’.

The former Everton and Manchester United striker claimed that Chelsea’s superiority over Manchester United frustrated him to the point that he had to change the stud length of his boots for their Premier League clash.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he said: ‘I changed my studs before the game.

‘I put longer studs in because I wanted to hurt someone.

‘If Chelsea won a point, they won the league. At that time, I couldn’t take it.

‘The studs were legal. They were a legal size. But they were bigger than what I would normally wear.’

According to the Athletic, the Football Association have now said they will investigate the claim made by Rooney, 36, and have recently made contact him.

Rooney and Manchester United travelled to Stamford Bridge in 2006 to play Jose Mourinho’s Blues, who needed just a point to win the Premier League title.

Just seven minutes into the game, the striker made a rough tackle, which left Terry down on the pitch and needing treatment – and also saw the stretcher brought out.

Terry laughed off Rooney’s admission earlier this week. Responding to a quote taken from the interview, Terry wrote on Twitter: ‘@WayneRooney is this when you left your stud in my foot?’

The Athletic also reports that the FA have asked Rooney to provide his observations around his claims.


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