Social workers ‘should have done more’ to prevent Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney injuring his ankle during a recent football match, a critical report has concluded.
The study, by the Centre for Rational Analysis of Practice, found that social workers failed to carry out a proper risk assessment of the footballer’s ankle prior to the game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening. It also highlights numerous breakdowns in communication and failures in joint working with colleagues in both health and sports management.
One of the report’s authors, Dr Rodney Feelgood, said social workers needed more training. “I know more about ankles than most social workers do. What does that say about the profession? Well, what does it say?”
“It doesn’t exactly bode well for our World Cup chances in South Africa either. We’ll all know who to blame when England don’t win though, won’t we?”
Arsene Wenger said: “I’m happy to confirm that Arsenal will vigorously defend the social workers involved if there is any suggestion of professional misconduct and would draw attention to Para 5.7 of the GSCC Code which requires social workers to “not put yourself or anyone else at unnecessary risk”, clearly something likely to happen if any member of my team (or any social worker) is tackled by Wayne Rooney.”
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