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FA poised to decide Rooney sanction

Wayne Rooney will learn on Monday whether he faces a ban for his foul-mouthed goal celebration in Manchester United's 4-2 Barclays Premier League win at West Ham.

FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking confirmed footage of Rooney swearing directly into a television camera at Upton Park was set to be examined.

The England striker issued a formal apology for his outburst, which he claimed came "in the heat of the moment" after he completed a match-turning hat-trick and insisted "was not aimed at anyone in particular".

But his contrition has not stopped the FA from looking into the matter, which could see the 25-year-old punished.

"Tomorrow, there will be a decision," Brooking told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"It was a surprise, after scoring a hat-trick, to react that way.

"It is something we will have to look at."

Available sanctions range from a warning to a suspension, and while the former would appear more likely following Saturday's apology, Rooney will doubtless be fearing missing crucial games in United's treble quest.

A one-match ban would rule him out of Saturday's home game with Fulham, with a two-match suspension sidelining him for the following weekend's Manchester derby FA Cup semi-final.

It is understood sanctioning a player for swearing into a camera may be unprecedented in English football.


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