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Rooney in the clear over badge-kissing antics

The Football Association will take no action against Wayne Rooney for his badge-kissing antics at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he substituted Rooney for his own good at the weekend after the striker became increasingly frustrated during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Rooney was booked for a foul on Mikel Arteta and, with tempers starting to fray, Ferguson hauled the England man off, saying after the game:

''The way the referee was behaving, I feared he might be sent off - for no reason, of course, just the way the crowd were reacting in getting him booked.''

Rooney responded by kissing his badge, a move which clearly could be regarded as inflammatory at his former club.

However, the FA have confirmed they will not be investigating the matter further as referee Alan Wiley saw the incident at the time and had a quiet word with Rooney.

The striker, who turned 23 on Friday, said last week that he wants to stay at Old Trafford until he retires.

''Could you ever see me playing for a foreign team? I love England and I love being close to my family. I've settled down well,'' he said.

''I love playing here [at United] and I'm 30 minutes away from all my family. I don't really like it when I go down to London. I'm a northern lad.''

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