FA rule out Rooney badge action
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Wayne Rooney's gesture of kissing the badge on his Manchester United shirt during Saturday's match against former club Everton will go unpunished by the Football Association, the governing body has said.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said after the 1-1 draw with Everton that he'd substituted Rooney for the England striker's own good as the player's temper clearly started to fray at Goodison Park.

Rooney's response to being booked for a foul on Mikel Arteta was to kiss the badge on his United shirt, a move widely viewed as provocative given that it took place at Everton's home ground.

But the FA said Monday they would not be investigating the incident as it was seen and dealt with by referee Alan Wiley, who spoke to Rooney at the time.