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Studs up: Derby County manager Wayne Rooney. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Studs up: Derby County manager Wayne Rooney. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Studs up: Derby County manager Wayne Rooney. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney has been warned by the English Football Association (FA) over comments he made about injuring John Terry.

Rooney spoke about wearing different studs during a 2006 match between his old club Manchester United and Chelsea, captained by his former England team-mate Terry, in recent interviews to promote a new Amazon documentary.

He said he changed out of his usual studs for that game “because I wanted to try and hurt someone” and added: “John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot and then I signed my shirt to him after the game.” The FA asked Rooney for an explanation of the comments and it is understood it has now issued the Derby manager with a warning.

Rooney had said: “Until my last game for Derby, I always wore the old plastic studs with the metal tip.

“For that game (between United and Chelsea in April 2006) I changed them to big, long metal ones – the maximum length you could have because I wanted to try and hurt someone, try and injure someone.

“I knew they were going to win that game. You could feel they were a better team at the time so I changed my studs.

“The studs were legal but thinking, if there’s a challenge there I knew I’d want to go in for it properly, basically. I did actually.

“John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot and then I signed my shirt to him after the game…and a few weeks later I sent it to him and asked for my stud back.

“I’ve been very open about my state of mind,” Rooney said during a Derby press conference.

“I didn’t go onto the pitch thinking I was going to hurt and injure someone, that was a feeling I had. Obviously I had a tackle with John Terry which was a good, honest, 50-50 tackle between two players, no issues.”

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