Wayne Rooney apologised for dive

Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann has revealed that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney apologised for taking a ‘dive’ to win a penalty in the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Deepdale.

Rooney went down in the box after a challenge from Stuckmann and the England international converted from the spot to secure United’s passage into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Television replays appeared to show Stuckmann made little or no contact with Rooney, and the goalkeeper claims the player came to him after the match to apologise for the incident.
“After the game Rooney told me: ‘Sorry, it was my chance to get a penalty. I had to use that’,” Stuckmann is quoted as saying in The Sun.

“I say it clear: That was no penalty. I also believe that if the situation had happened the other way around, one of our strikers against the United keeper, the ref wouldn’t have given the penalty. I have no doubt about that.”
Preston manager Simon Grayson has defended Rooney by suggesting he was taking evasive action rather than trying to win a penalty.

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