As many of you probably know by now, Wayne Rooney has been charged by the FA for his on-pitch antics at Upton Park against West Ham United.
After scoring a hat-trick, in the heat of the moment he was caught on camera using the F-Word.
The charge is for “the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language.” He has until 6pm on Tuesday to answer to the charge.
He has three options when answering to the charge. His first option is to dispute the charge and this would mean he would have to go down to the FA headquarters to appeal before a hearing on Wednesday before the Champions League tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. His other options are to accept the charge and the ban or to accept the charge and dispute the ban.
If Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to the charge he will be given a two match ban. This would mean he will miss the league game at home to Fulham on Saturday and also the FA Cup Semi Final against Manchester City the weekend after.
Personally I believe it is an absolute disgrace. I have seen players and managers on the pitch swear on countless occasions. For me it is the media that has has put the pressure on the FA to act solely because of the widespread interest in Wayne Rooney. The Daily Mail’s headline for one of their countless stories on Wayne Rooney before he was charged: “‘Disgusting’ Wayne Rooney faces ban for foul-mouthed rant after Respect campaign launch.” Now if that isn’t stirring, I don’t know what is. Anything to sell a paper eh? Shame on the FA for being influenced.
It was very clear to see that every section of the footballing media and punditry was more interested in Wayne Rooney’s foul mouth rather than his superb hatrick at Upton Park which dragged United from the brink of losing to a massive win in the race for the title.
For those fans who are a subscriber to the ABU theory it was always going to be a two match ban anyway. Ex-Manchester City player David Bernstein is the current FA chairman so should it really come as a surprise that it was a two match ban since we play against his former club in the FA cup semi final in two games time? I think not.
If Rooney is banned for two matches he shall be missed by Manchester United. But as I wrote just yesterday we have such an extensive attack that Nani, Berbatov, Hernandez could easily step in and win a match just as Wayne Rooney can. The theory that Wayne Rooney’s industrial language has influenced the public to also use this same sort of language is clearly unfounded. I’ve managed to contain myself throughout this article haven’t I?