Premier League: Ben Turner says he is glad Wayne Rooney wasn't sent off on Sunday
Cardiff captain Ben Turner backed the decision not to send Wayne Rooney off in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
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Last Updated: 24/11/13 8:59pm
Turner had no complaints about seeing United striker Rooney escape a red card for lashing out at Jordon Mutch during the first half at Cardiff City Stadium.
The controversial incident occurred just eight minutes into the match when Rooney kicked Mutch before lashing out at the Cardiff midfielder with his left hand as his run was blocked off.
Rooney was only shown a yellow card by referee Neil Swarbrick but might consider himself fortunate not to have been dismissed.
However, Turner admits he did not want to see the England striker - who put United ahead in the 15th minute with a deflected shot and set up Patrice Evra's headed goal from a corner - sent off.
"I do think he kicked out from where I was, but I think the way game's going, I didn't want him sent off really because it's becoming less and less of a physical game and I think we need to keep some of that in the game for the enjoyment of the fans," he told Sky Sports 1.
"I think it's nice to have a bit of that going on."
Rival managers David Moyes and Malky Mackay also felt Rooney only deserved a yellow card.
Asked if Rooney was fortunate to still be on the pitch after the early incident, United boss Moyes said: "I don't think so. I think the boy runs across his path and there was a bit of a tussle but I don't think it deserved any more than a yellow card."
He added: "I think there's lashing out at times and I don't think that was a lash out in any way."
Cardiff manager Mackay said: "Well, I'll look at it again but on first look it certainly is a real kick at him, but maybe the booking was sufficient."