Premier League - Rooney hits back after ban upheld
Thu, 07 Apr 10:03:00 2011
Wayne Rooney will miss this month's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City after he lost his appeal against a two-match ban for swearing at a TV camera during Manchester United's 4-2 Premier League win at West Ham.
The striker had admitted a charge of using offensive, insulting and/or abusive language, but had contested the length of the sanction, claiming it was excessive.
However, the FA's sanction has been upheld, and he will miss Saturday's Premier League encounter with Fulham and that eagerly-anticipated clash with local rivals City at Wembley on April 16.
Rooney's expletive-strewn rant was heard by millions after he completed his hat-trick at Upton Park last Saturday.
The 25-year-old said he was "gutted" at the sanction.
"I am gutted to miss two matches, one of which is an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley," he said. "I am not the first player to have sworn on TV and I won’t be the last.
"Unlike others who have been caught swearing on camera, I apologised immediately. And yet I am the only person banned for swearing. That doesn’t seem right.
"Whatever, I have to accept that what’s happened has happened and move on from here. That’s what I intend to do.”
United released the following statement: "Manchester United is clearly very disappointed with the Regulatory Commission's decision.
"The Club put forward a very strong case to have the punishment reduced, which was unsuccessful.
"Wayne Rooney apologised immediately after the match and the club now wishes to move to on to what hopefully will be a very exciting conclusion to the season."
It is extremely rare for a player to be banned simply for swearing, and while it is officially outlawed, foul language remains commonplace on English football pitches.