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England faced Portugal in the quarter-final of the 2006 World Cup, having beaten Ecuador in the round of 16. With both sides cancelling each other out, Portugal were given a significant advantage with an hour played when Rooney was sent off.
As Rooney was attacking, Ricardo Carvalho was kicking at his heels and pulling him back. In response, Rooney then stamped on Carvalho, although he has always insisted this was accidental.
Five Portugal players then ran over to the referee to complain about the stamp and Rooney was sent off.
After the game, the BBC reported that Cristiano Ronaldo, who was one of the Portugal players protesting, was well aware he would be blamed for Rooney's card.
I know that people will say that the referee sent off Rooney because I spoke to him. I only said to the referee that it was a foul, only that. I never asked for the red card. But I know the English press will say that it was my fault that he was sent off.
After the red card, Ronaldo winked at the bench, celebrating the fact his country would have half an hour to play against 10 men.
However, Ronaldo was blamed for Rooney's red card by the media and England fans, for antagonising his club team-mate by getting involved. It is worth wondering what these same people would have wanted Rooney to do if Ronaldo had stamped on Steven Gerrard. Should he have put club loyalty ahead of England and stayed away from the referee?
Rooney later reflected on the incident in his autobiography, which was reported on in The Mirror.
When I walked to the tunnel, I knew I couldn’t really blame Ronaldo for what had happened because he was trying to win the game for his country. Besides, in the first half I’d tried to get him booked for diving, so I was as bad as him really.