Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville brands FA 'reactive and very inconsistent' in their handling of Wayne Rooney's ban

Retired full-back claims governing body have set a precedent that will see all players caught swearing facing sanctions, and believes such emotional outbursts are part of the game
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has branded the FA "reactive" and "inconsistent" following their decision to ban Wayne Rooney for two matches after he swore at a TV camera.

The striker is set to miss the weekend's league clash with Fulham and United's FA Cup semi-final against local rivals Manchester City with the ban taking immediate effect.

Rooney himself contested the initial charge with a written appeal to the FA, but the charge was upheld by English football's governing body.

Club alumni Neville has aired his thoughts on the matter, believing that the FA have set a precedent with the ban.

"The FA are very reactive and very inconsistent with their reactions," he told Sky Sports .

"There is no rule in place that says swearing on camera brings you a two-match ban. This week, they have created one.

"Now they must make sure they continue that moving forward.

"Everybody caught swearing on camera will have to be banned for two matches."

The 36-year-old insists that swearing is part and parcel of the game, reflecting the high emotion of the sport.

"For the last 20 years my grandma has told me that she has caught me swearing on camera," said Neville.

"It happens 20 times in every match. I cannot understand why this time makes a difference.

"You cannot take the emotion out of football. The spur of the moment. The instinct. The release. The reaction. That is life.

"Some people cry, some people kiss, some people scowl. With most, if they are scoring a goal in the last minute to win a match, they have no idea how they are going to react.

"In the European Cup final when Ole scored, I just laid on the floor. That was not normal for me. I used to run and flail my arms at people.

"You can't remove the human element and the passion and emotion. They [the FA] want football players to remember their working class roots, then when they show some level of emotion that means that they care, they get knocked for it.

"That is the bit I could never understand."

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