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Last Updated: Thursday September 15 2005 09:24 GMT

Champions League: Rooney sent off

Rooney is sent off
Rooney is sent off
Wayne Rooney was sent off as Manchester United were held to a Champions League draw at Villarreal.

Rooney was given the red card after he sarcastically applauded when referee Kim Milton Nielsen showed him the yellow card for a foul.

He was immediately dismissed for losing his temper 63 minutes in, and United had to finish the game with 10 men.

Ruud van Nistelrooy nearly scored at 41 minutes but was stopped by Gonzalo Rodrigo, forcing a 0-0 draw for United.

After the match, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to defend Rooney's outburst, and said the referee would have had no choice but to send him off.

"I don't think he (Rooney) gave himself a chance. You can't applaud the referee like that," said Ferguson.

Rooney's temper has got him into trouble before, and he was lucky to avoid being shown a red card in England's World Cup qualifying defeat to Northern Ireland last week.

Arsenal win

Arsenal's Robin Van Persie clashes with FC Thun's Alen Orman, which led to Persie's sending off,
Robin Van Persie clashes with Alen Orman
Elsewhere in the competition Dennis Bergkamp scored for Arsenal in a late win over FC Thun on Wednesday night.

The Gunners were not expecting to lose against Thun, but it was only Bergkamp's late strike that gave them the all-important 2-1 win.

During the match Robin van Persie was given a red card after catching Alen Orman in the face with his foot during a high tackle.

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