Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that there was no hostility between him and Wayne Rooney following the England striker's sending-off at the World Cup.
Ronaldo appeared to have encouraged Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo to show Rooney a red card after his Manchester United teammate stamped on Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho in Saturday's match, which England lost 3-1 on penalties.
British press had reported that Rooney was infuriated by Ronaldo's actions as tabloid The Sun said the irate England star would "split him in two" when they meet again.
But Ronaldo told his agent's Web site www.gestifute.com that they are still on good terms.
"There is no problem at all between me and Rooney. I insist: no problem at all. At the end of the game, we exchanged a series of text messages just as we had on the day before. This reinforces that I have a fine relationship with Rooney."
"He(Rooney) told me to ignore the things written in the English press on this subject, they only want to stir things up."
Ronaldo also denied he was to blame for trying to influence the referee's decision.
"I am not the referee with the power to send off anyone I want, nor do I have the ability to convince him to show cards."said Ronaldo.