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GIF: Two Match Ban For Reina?

Rooney was charged with using “offensive, insulting and/or abusive language” in our 4-2 victory over West Ham. The referee didn’t see it or hear it, but was forced by the FA to include it in his match report, claiming that if he had heard Rooney swearing, he would have sent him off.

Surely Martin Atkinson heard Pepe Reina swearing on the very same day in their defeat to West Brom? If not, why didn’t the FA get him to include it in his match report, and tell him to say if he had heard it, he would have sent him off.

People claim there is a difference between directly swearing in to a camera, like Rooney did, and swearing at an official. To be honest, if I bought in to this Respect campaign, I’d say swearing at an official, like Reina did, does more damage to their battle than swearing at a camera, like Rooney did. Regardless, the FA rule which Rooney broke and was banned for two games for, makes no mention of directly or indirectly swearing at a camera.

Obviously Reina didn’t get banned for two games but RoM obviously will be writing to the FA to complain every time a player is seen/heard swearing during a game on the telly and encourage you do to the same. In the desperation to ban Rooney, they really didn’t consider the can of worms they were opening. The precedent has been sent. EVERY player who is guilty of “offensive, insulting and/or abusive language” during a game and audible/visible to the viewer at home or in the ground, whether the referee heard it or not, should be banned for two games. Rooney didn’t break any rule about swearing in to a TV camera, because no such rule exists. He broke a rule regarding swearing full stop. Every other player who breaks this rule, directly in to a TV camera or otherwise, should miss two games.

Oh, and I’m really fucking offended by bad language, actually.

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  1. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Hopefully Owen plays some part today I can actually see him starting and having Hernandez as the secret weapon. Whats this PIG news everyones been going on about.

  2. Costas says:


    It’s from an interview he gave:

  3. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Thanks for the link Costas. Bit of a shame don’t know how well he could do if given a run of games and whos to say we may go through another transitional period like we did post Schmeichel. Although we did win titles 3 out of the next 4 years before the Howard/Carroll years. When we sell him have to get good money for him can’t give him away for free.

  4. byron1970 says:

    Just on the Rooney thing and his ban, the last FA cup semi-final we had he wasn’t even on the bench, I don’t even think he travelled.

    Foster, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio Da Silva, Welbeck, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Tevez, Macheda

    Kuszczak, Evra, Scholes, Berbatov, Neville, Nani, Evans

    So he may not even have played him. Even if it is City I think Ferguson will be ringing in the changes as we’ll have a huge game against Newcastle the following Tuesday. Especially if you consider the very real reality that the game could go to extra time and penalties. Ferguson always comments on the sapping effect that the Wembley pitch has on players so the more I think about it the more I think that Rooney wouldn’t have been involved, at least not in the starting 11 anyways.

    He probably would have played today, even with the massive game coming up on Tuesday. So win today and we’ll have coped with the Ronney ban no problem. Then we can all say a big, nice try but FUCK YOU to the FA.

  5. newtown_red says:

    Come on United .One game at a time.The team cannot afford any lapses of concentration.Hopefully its a crushing victory to shut every one up.Key will be in what sort of mood Berbatov and Carrick are in.Lets go United.

  6. smartalex says:

    “Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has confirmed that he will leave Manchester United at the end of the season”,,11667_6860536,00.html

  7. Ryandunny says:


    Saw the story and its very understandable. Very solid number 2…. without being quite good enough for being number 1 in my opinion.

    I think this means there will 100% be a new keeper coming in the summer.

    Best of Luck and thanks for everything Tomasz!

  8. shubhangmanred says:

    @costas yes Ando starting could be a possibility.
    VDS- Brown Smalling Vidic Evra
    Nani Carrick Scholes anderson
    The Berb Little Pea

    Subs: Pig, Fabio, Rio, park, giggs, valencia, Owen.

  9. RedHarry4Life says:

    I will be very interested to see how many players get red cards this weekend for swearing?

    Bet there isn’t one unless they can get a United player to swear that is, then it will be a 10 game ban and dedcution of points for the club being unable to control their players. Just to set and “example”

    Maybe Gill and the Glazers should consider changing our name from manchester united to United the Examples, or just the EXAMPLES

  10. Mes says:

    If anyone of you readers here have not yet contacted the FA, you really should. I think it’s our duty as United fans to do this. I’ve emailed a link to this gif and one to the FA contact page to everyone I know. Wankers need bringing down and we need to fight in numbers.

    For the record, here’s what I’ve just sent using their contact form:

    Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck,
    Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck,
    Fuck, bugger fuck,
    Fuck, fuck, fuck,
    Fuck, fuck, buggerfuck

    Also, come the day of the 19th, I’m going to spend all fuckingtwatfuck day outside the FA offices partying like it’s 1999. We should organise a proper group. No protest, no trouble, just “hey FA, look how happy we are”. Someone once said to me, “the best revenge is to live well”. I intend to do that, right where they can see me.

    P.s. my FA contact form was a little more serious than posted above…

  11. Dimitar Berbatov is King says:

    It’s a pity our PIG is gonna leave…this means a new keeper though…

    I hope Berbatov tears a new one into Fulham for this game.

  12. byron1970 says:


    I think, injury permitting, Ferguson will pick O’Shea over Brown at right back all day long. I’d be inclined to agree with him too. Massive John O’Shea fan right here, he’s a great defender. I think maybe too he might play another winger, maybe Park again. Still who can ever predict an Alex Ferguson selection. I’ll be happy once I don’t see Gibson on the team sheet.

  13. Costas says:


    I guess not every goalie has Van Der Gouw’s patience or mentality. And I don’t blame PIG for that. Obviously the ideal thing for us would have been to keep him around in case the new number 1 needs time to settle at the club. He is a very good backup. He got a good run of games in December of 09 and I thought did very well. But I was never fully convinced that he could become our number 1 on a regular basis. I just hope we choose wisely in the summer. Otherwise, Lindegaard might have to step up.


    Honestly, I think that Ando starting in that line up makes the most sense, given the fact that we need to rest players like Valencia, Park and Giggs ahead of Chelsea and City. On the other hand, I was wondering if Fergie prefers to play a traditional 4-4-2 in games like this.

  14. shubhangmanred says:

    @bryon1970 Same here. O’shea is highly underrated. He is a great defender. Didn’t pick coz of injury issues. Would definately offer more than Brown.
    is it possible for Anderson at right wing and Nani at left?
    Also Gibson to replace Giggs on the bench.
    Btw is Evans allowed to play?

  15. Ryandunny says:

    If I was picking the team it would be:

    O’ Shea Vidic Smalling Evra
    Nani Anderson Fletcher (if he’s got over his virus) Fabio
    Berbatov and Hernandez

  16. byron1970 says:

    @shubhangmanred, no Evans is suspended for two more games. For what it’s worth I think this is how we’ll line up today


    O’Shea Vidic Smalling Evra

    Valencia Carrick(Possibly Gibson instead) Scholes Nani

    Berbatov Hernandez

  17. Giles Oakley says:

    I love the RoM graphics, like today’s with the Gary Nev quote. They’d make a great set of postcards as a souvenir, maybe one set of What it’s Like to be City and another set of general ones. I’d buy both sets!

  18. Snoopy says:

    What! Fuckin What!!

  19. Macheda is GOD says:

    What did Reina say? I can’t read the lips

  20. aj says:

    i believe it was

    “what? fucking what? fuck you”


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