Football idol Wayne Rooney.Photo by Nike.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has apologized for swearing on camera. The incident took place in the match against West Ham United on Saturday, 2 April.
Rooney swore directly into a pitch-side camera after scoring his hat-trick goal, clinching the 4-2 victory over West Ham United.
Rooney was charged by the Football Association (FA) and given a two-match ban. The 25-year-old striker and his Manchester United team-mates expressed how angry they felt about the ban:
"I am gutted to miss two matches, one of which is an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. I am not the first player to have sworn on television, and I won't be the last. Unlike others who have been caught swearing on camera, I apologized immediately."
Rooney launched an appeal against the severity of the punishment. A few days later, the FA confirmed that the appeal had been unsuccessful:
"A Regulatory Commission has suspended Manchester United's Wayne Rooney for two matches. Rooney had admitted a charge for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language, but claimed that the automatic penalty of two games was clearly excessive. The Commission did not accept the claim, and Rooney will begin the standard two-match suspension with immediate effect."
Rooney apologized again in an interview with Richard Keys and Andy Gray on TalkSport radio:
"I didn't realize what I'd done. It was just emotions. It was a release, if you like, of scoring the three goals to get us back in the lead. As soon as I realized [it] after the game, I apologized as soon as I could. Of course it was wrong of me to do, but I accept my punishment, and you just have to move on. Hopefully, the boys can pull through for me on Saturday and hopefully get to that FA Cup final."
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