Angry Wayne Rooney calls for referee ‘suspension’ after derby defeat

Derby County’s attempt to avoid relegation from the Championship took a major blow in a 2-1 defeat by Swansea – and manager Wayne Rooney showed his anger at officials

Wayne Rooney, Derby County manager
Wayne Rooney was upset with the decision not to give his side a penalty

Wayne Rooney has subsequently called for a referee to be suspended Derby County were denied a penalty in a defeat by Swansea City on Saturday.

Derby’s hopes of avoiding relegation are dashed after a 2-1 defeat by Swansea. Rooney’s side, who had 21 points deducted for entering administration and historic financial breaches, are 23rd in the Championship and nine points from safety with five games remaining.

Joel Piroe scored twice within the first 16 minutes to give Swansea a 2-0 lead and keep Derby ahead of a tough battle in South Wales. Tom Lawrence scored from the penalty spot soon after, but the Rams were unable to equalize as they slipped to an eighth straight away loss.

Rooney was convinced they should have gotten a late penalty when substitute Bartosz Cybulski was pushed into the box while struggling for a rebound after a Festy Ebosele header. Referee Tim Robinson remained unperturbed despite loud appeals from Derby’s players and an angry Rooney on the touchline.

“I think everyone at the stadium agrees (it was a penalty), the Swansea manager, Swansea staff, Swansea fans, derby players, staff, fans, everyone saw it was a clear penalty , apart from the four officials,” Rooney said in his post-game press conference. “I’ve said it over and over again. I understand it’s difficult to give when the going gets tough.

“If it’s a clear obvious foul and a penalty it leaves a lot of questions to ask the officials. I hope the referee gets suspended and fined because that’s not good enough.

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Derby was convinced they should have received another penalty


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“We have a good, young, honest group of players who work every day to help this club overcome the difficulties they are going through. We have a young player.” [Cybulski] Playing his second game as a sub, he has an opportunity to score and is wrestled to the ground without officials seeing. It’s crazy.

“You can ask what we’re doing if you include VAR, but officers look at VAR on screen and they’re still making wrong decisions. So I don’t know where we’re going.”

In the wake of the defeat, Derby are staring at what often feels inevitable since the points deduction was confirmed early in the campaign. Cardiff’s 2-1 win at 21st-placed Reading at least meant the Rams haven’t slipped further from safety, but time is running out for Rooney and his players to pull off a miracle.

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