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Is Swearing Worse Than Kicking, FA?

Last season, Wayne Rooney swore during the celebration of one of his goals against West Ham and was banned.

Rooney broke Law 12 and was charged with using “offensive, insulting and/or abusive language”. Despite players directing this language at referees and opponents on a weekly basis and receiving no punishment, the FA banned Rooney for two games. They claimed that because his language had been directed at a camera he deserved a ban, despite the law making no mention or reference to this. According to the FA, abusing a referee is acceptable but saying “fucking” on camera is worthy of a ban.

Regardless, on Friday night, Rooney lost his temper and took a swipe at his opponent in England’s game against Montenegro. He managed some control, pulling back before making any real contact, and the player accepted his hand straight away. However, the referee was left with little option but to send him off.

Rooney now stands to miss England games in next summer’s Euro 2012 and the FA are all too aware of how important he is to the team. They have put in an appeal to UEFA in the hope he will receive just a one match ban.

“We have been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we are prepared to support Wayne in any way we can,” said the FA’s director of communications, Adrian Bevington. “If it does lead to an appeal process, or any supplementary evidence we can submit to support him, we are not disputing that he was sent off for a red-card offence, but it is very important to us as an organisation that we try and look after all our players. And I would like to say, on the record, that Wayne conducted himself incredibly well after the game. He was very apologetic and I felt he handled it very maturely. We will do all that we can to try and ensure that Wayne is available to us as soon as possible in the finals.”

This statement is particularly interesting when you consider that Rooney “conducted himself incredibly well” after the West Ham game too and was “very apologetic” then as well. He even released a statement saying how sorry he was. The FA didn’t take that in to consideration in his appeal though and banned him for two games, meaning he missed out on our crucial FA Cup semi-final against City.

Whilst of course I want the best for Rooney in this situation, I won’t lose any sleep if the FA find England without their best player for two or three games.

“The FA may realise who has produced more players for their country than any club in the world,” said Ferguson this summer. “Maybe they will get some joy from it and realise how important we are to England instead of treating us like shit.”

What goes around comes around.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Cyril Sneer says:

    @TonyBee – Hi mate, the cunt-o-meter is definitely a good idea. Every player should be forced to undergo regular testing and if found trying to alter their cuntishness raing (e.g. by helping grannies across the road or adopting an under-privileged child) they get an instant fine.

  2. smartalex says:

    Sherlock MG Holmes and Dr. TonyBee Watson go on a camping trip, set up their tent, and fall asleep.

    Some hours later, MG Holmes wakes his faithful friend.
”TonyBee, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” 

    Watson replies, “I see millions of stars.” 

    “What does that tell you?” 

    Watson ponders for a minute. “Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Timewise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it’s evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?”

    MG Holmes is briefly silent then says. “Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent.”

  3. Cyril Sneer says:

    Why is a kicking like a Christmas present?

    It’s better to give than to receive.

  4. King Eric says:

    Hello Gerrie mate.

  5. Zibbie says:

    Hello RoM, having breakfast on the road to Northern MN to go fishing with my cousins. Go USA! It looks like another guy is getting interest in in the EPL Shea from Dallas in the MLS. Nice slowly getting better on the Nat side of things.
    The FA is a Lord and Surf relationship.
    Rooney is awesome!
    @TM4 just bite me with all your negative shit, you think your cute. And your just a looser. Karma slaps your snarkey ass sideways twice a week doe it not? Rooney’s bad Karma, worth 30 million, pro footballer. Winner of many trophies. Yea he is eating fucking dirt isn’t he.

  6. Zibbie says:

  7. King Eric says:

    wayne – Hello mate. Agree entirely with your post about the corruption and stuff but mainly with your next post about Rooney. He has broad shoulders and HAS to keep his swede on. It shouldn’t effect him, just block it out. Anyway like you say his scouse family in typical fashion have made a rod for their own backs.

    Ha Ha. Was watching a quick highlight of our 4-1 mauling by the dippers on LFC tv last night. The fat cunt commentator said at the end of the game “They said before today United were invincible. Invincible? NAH!”. Ha. Fuck off you fat cunt. Little did you know at the time we would claim our 18th title.

    Also watched on ESPN the 3-0 win when Maschrano was was sent off. What a fucking shithouse cockney cunt Paul Walsh is. Always siding with the dippers and said neither of the argies offences warranted a yellow card. He was licking Stevie me’s arse despite him doing fuck all and didn’t utter a SINGLE word when United smashed in 3 goals. Didnt even compliment Nani on his belter. Never liked that blonde highlighted mullet haired cunt.

  8. King Eric says:

    I don;t think T4M is having a go at Rooney, moreover the FA.

    Anyone seen captaincunt9 or Megleeker recently?

  9. james says:

    @ King Eric – next town on from Bugiba, we went to Meliieah. Also went to Gozo, Comino, Blue Lagoon etc. Very good. Valletta very nice to, very religious. I thought I was going to get struck down for being a closet gay boy. Then I ditched the wife and hit the twon one night, awesome.

    I could never tell her, she gives great head.

  10. Zibbie says:

    Cool KE, my feelings over many posts with him, like his impending doom for Wazza at Pool A bit snarky on my part was up at 4AM to go fishing. These breaks are tough on us all. My bad. Go big RED!
    KE hope your wife is doing fine, father to be.

  11. WillieRedNut says:

    Rooney has to be able to handle abuse from rival fans. We give it out to Terry and Gerrard. We then can’t complain, when our players get stick. He will get singled out on Saturday. As long as he keeps his head, I can see United sneaking a result. We have to be up for this one.

  12. Zibbie says:

    Well my turn to drive and my brother is ready to go. We will be at the Lake by 2!!!!!!!!!! Drunk by 2:30 and fishing by 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All in RoM have a great day!!!!!!!!!
    KICK LIVERPUDS ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Zibbie says:

    Hey Willie, it is not his first Rodeo!!!! The boy was booed in the nursery at the hospital. Fuel the Wazza!!!!

  14. MG says:

    Afternoon Watson




  15. wayne says:

    @King Eric yes mate can’t turn his life into a weekly cartoon strip and not expect to get abuse,think its like Willie said he’s a plank and does things without thinking.
    Anyway if someone sells their wedding photos,gets found out banging hookers while telling the world he’s a settled family man,photos of him shitfaced pissing against a wall,hair transplants,dodgy family members who have no thought for Rooneys reputation,imo can’t complain about getting stick.

  16. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    I am Backing Wayney to spit in the face of his critics to score against Shitpool.

    The lad is on form, showed maturity in his manner of leaving the pitch, the kick out was not malicious it was frustration at the abilities of his crap England team mates. He’ll dropkick the critics that continue to slate him whether he gets hair transplant, fucks a whore, smokes a cigerette, farts out loud or shits in a gold plated toilet.

    WAZZA ! & Young & Nani to tear apart Carraghers legs.

  17. wayne says:

    @Clint not slating him mate just saying the way he conducts his life leaves him open,anyone who wants fame and fortune should conduct himself different from the ave person or face the consequences.Any opposing player in Rooneys situation would get tons of abuse from Utd fans.I’ll support Rooney while he wears the shirt and respect his football ability,don’t have any time for him after that.

  18. Tonka Norris says:

    Tony B: loved the cabbage quip! Too funny.

    England. The prime player who declines the call up would be torn to shreds by the media but it will take something like that to (eventually) force a change. The problem is at the top, amplified by the choices for manager, abetted by the media who fail to see the issues.

    If I’m not clear, I couldn’t give a shit how many games Roo gets banned, it will be too many and way too few.

  19. Tonka Norris says:

    Clint – don’t forget the Gerrard elbow on Danny last term. He may have been playing for Sunderland at the time but it still needs to go in the reckoning.

    A nice own goal, assist by Danny, top left hand corner of the net, dripping snot from Stevie’s nose where it came in from.


  20. wayne says:

    @Clint anyway don’t see how what he does on the pitch,how will that shut his critics up about what he does off the pitch.
    We all know he’s a great footballer can score a hattrick against the dippers,doesn’t change the fact the lad is a selfish cunt and doesn’t give a fuck about anyone but himself.

  21. Mic says:

    Scott, this is why I love you, these articles are the ones I love, not the Tevez v Berba or Beckham bashing ones. You’re spot on with this one, funny how when it comes to England they don’t half go out their way.

  22. King Eric says:

    james – Oh Mellieha Bay. How nice is that beach? Golden sands, shallow sea that goes on forever. Went to Medina the silent city. A lovely country and very nice people the maltese.

  23. King Eric says:

    Zibbie – Yes pal. 31 weeks now. Thanks for asking .

  24. King Eric says:

    Willie – I agree mate. I just have this sneaky feeling we will get a 1-0 win or hammer them. We are a much better side and have been the last three seasons. The one problem being we simply havent turned up. United rarely get outplayed if we are on our game. The only time we usually get beat is if we just don’t show up. Fergie said we lost the mental battle last year and were scared almost. You can rest assured he will have them up for this game.

    Come on Scotland.

  25. King Eric says:

    Tonka – Yes mate. I had forgotten about that cunt Stevie Me’s elbow on young Danny. Similar to the one on that cunt Michael Brown that he got away with as well. I don’t recall much media attention about it either. Unlike Wayne’s on McCarthy at Wigan.

  26. daemondada says:

    Without doubt we are neva gonna see d backs of real madrid eva.they are alwayz gonna b waiting on d wings 4 d next big thing frm the carrington stables.what we have in our favor is a fiercely strong loyalty and affinity to the club on d part of our players.we’ve neva sold out to them except when it was convenient.anyways,I see chicha wanting to build a legacy in this latest incarnation of d saf dynasty.saf deffo would do the necessary to keep him happy and his teammates would continue to provide the toughest competition possible to whet his appetite for greater challenges.

  27. WillieRedNut says:

    King Eric – I can take losing any game. It’s how you lose sometimes though. As you say, we haven’t turned up the last visits to the dump. Just a feeling, we’ll be up for this.

  28. dannysoya says:

    Sure we dish out stick to opposing players But we don’t abuse their families. At least i don’t. If His family is abused and he reacts angrily then I will support him. You can’t heap abuses on someone’s family just cuz you don’t like him. Dishing out stick in the form or normal chants is fine but when it gets personal then I don’t like it.

  29. LoneStarRed says:

    Our man Wazza: Public Enemy Number One domestically, First Option internationally. FA: What a bunch of scrotum munchers ……

  30. smartalex says:

    Eric reacted to the crowd, got a real long ban, and we still love him.
    Rafael’s red card probably caused our loss in the CL, and we still love him.

    That doesn’t mean it’s okay to react, and by so doing cost United a lot.

    Wayne Rooney must be strong in the face of on-field abuse from the crowd.
    Ronaldo was, Beckham was, Rooney previously was also. In fact there are many footballers who have it a lot worse. Balotelli was very badly abused in Italy, it seems he didn’t have the strength of character to survive. If Wayne can’t handle the abuse, he will be seen like Balotelli by the world and like Eric by some of us.

  31. dannysoya says:

    @smartalex true. i do hope he keeps calm and just channels his anger to the game itself.

  32. smartalex says:

    @dannysoya, that’s what we’re all hoping! There’s always uncertainty with Rooney.

    I think he’ll stand tall on Saturday.

  33. mattos says:

    this is the FA were talking about, do you really think they can do anything right?


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