Belfast Telegraph

Rooney 'gutted' with two-match ban

Wayne Rooney bears a clear sense of injustice after being told he must serve a two-match suspension for his four-letter outburst at West Ham on Saturday.

The Football Association confirmed the news on Thursday morning, meaning Rooney will sit out Saturday's Premier League encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford, plus the eagerly-anticipated FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley on April 16.

In a statement issued through his spokesman Ian Monk, Rooney said: "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 TV and I won't be the last. Unlike others who have been caught swearing on camera, I apologised immediately. And yet I am the only person banned for swearing. That doesn't seem right."

He added: "Whatever, I have to accept that what's happened has happened and move on from here. That is what I intend to do."

The club also expressed their disappointment with the decision but stressed they are now eager to move on from the controversy.

"Manchester United is clearly very disappointed with the decision," said a statement issued by the Old Trafford outfit.

"The club put forward a very strong case to have the punishment reduced, which was unsuccessful.

"Wayne apologised immediately after the match and the club now wishes to move to on to what hopefully will be a very exciting conclusion to the season."


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