When Manchester United and Liverpool go on head to head, there is some action other than football which is sure to take place.
Controversially, Liverpool’s Junjo Shelvey was sent off for his challenge to Jonny Evans. It was greatly criticized by football fans all over the social networking sites. However, the action part came later. As he walked out, Junjo blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for the red card by clearly pointing a finger at him.
Sir Alex Ferguson looked calm about it as he smirked when he left. Sir Alex said “I thought it was a clear red card.
“I don’t think he went for the ball – Jonny Evans went for the ball and got the ball – and the boy’s gone in really dangerously and I don’t think there’s any other decision the referee could have given.”
Ferguson was not happy over his reaction though.
“He blamed me! But he is young and he will realise the stupidity of it,” said Sir Alex.
“Jonny Evans went for the ball but Shelvey was nowhere near and could have given Jonny Evans a really bad injury – he was very lucky actually.”
“Once he looks at it he can apologise if he likes. I think he should do that. He’s responsible for his own actions, I think there’s no doubt about that.”
Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers, however, had a different perspective to what happened, especially the penalty. He said “I thought the players were heroic in terms of performance and the spirit,” he said. “They were brilliant and didn’t get what they deserved.”
“If Shelvey gets sent off for having both feet off the ground then Evans has to get sent off for that as well if you watch the replays. Jonjo is coming in from the side, it is a tackle the player has to go for and one the United player has to go for but the Liverpool player can’t get sent off and the United one stay on the field.”
Despite all this, Junjo later apologised. Shelvey tweeted after the game: “I apologise to the fans for getting sent off but no way was I pulling out of that tackle in a game of that importance. I’m sorry.
“I have also apologised to Sir Alex, just where I come from people don’t grass people up to get someone sent off.”
However, these tweets were later deleted by him, probably on demands of the club.