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Wayne Rooney Banned For FA Cup Semi-Final

The FA have confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be banned for two games after he swore at the camera in United’s 4-2 victory over West Ham at the weekend.

Rooney has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge. If Rooney accepts the ban it means he will miss this weekend’s home game against Fulham as well as the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

In a statement released by United on Saturday, the striker said:

“I want to apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my goal celebration, especially any parents or children that were watching. Emotions were running high, and on reflection my heat-of-the-moment reaction was inappropriate. It was not aimed at anyone in particular.”

Although Professional Football Association deputy chief executive John Bramhall described Rooney’s actions as “disappointing”, he said the player acknowledged his responsibility by issuing a swift apology.

“Taking into account the highly pressurised situation within the game, it is still an action that wasn’t acceptable and Wayne’s apology confirms that,” Bramhall told BBC Radio 5 live. He has apologised immediately after the game and has clearly realised that they are not the actions you would expect of a player in his position.”

Not surprised at the ban considering how the red tops were all over Rooney on Sunday. Rooney’s suspension I believe is the first time that a player has been sanctioned for swearing into a camera in English football.