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Rooney escapes further punishment

Wayne Rooney has escaped further punishment following his red card against Fulham at the weekend. The FA has confirmed that the England striker will must just one game despite throwing the his toys out of the pram following his second yellow card.

A statement for the FA underlined that referee Phil Dowd made no reference to the words he exchanged with Rooney after brandishing the red card. An FA spokesman said: "We have clarified with Phil Dowd that there was no abuse from the player after he was dismissed.

"In relation to the incident when he punched the corner flag, the referee did not see that and we have written to Wayne Rooney reminding him of his responsibilities." The news will come as a relief to Sir Alex Ferguson who has watched his team suffer two heavy defeats on the bounce.

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