The FA believe the striker’s actions merit no more than the standard one-game suspension and will argue their case if the matter is referred to Uefa’s disciplinary panel
The Football Association are ready to argue against any proposed extension to Wayne Rooney’s mandatory one-match ban for being sent off for England against Montenegro last Friday, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Rooney was dismissed with just over 15 minutes remaining in Podgorica for mindlessly kicking Miodrag Dzudovic, and is now certain to miss at least the first group match of England’s Euro 2012 campaign.
Uefa’s Control and Disciplinary Body have the power to extend Rooney’s ban if they deem the offence an ‘assault’, but the FA believe his actions merit no further punishment and are willing to argue their case if the matter is referred to the disciplinary panel.
The FA and Rooney’s case could well be strengthened by Wolfgang Stark, the referee responsible for the decision, who after the match praised the Manchester United striker’s lack of protest or dissent and hinted this may entitle him to a more lenient punishment.
The next meeting of the Control and Disciplinary body was originally scheduled for this Thursday, but is likely to be put back to November 17, meaning a final decision on Rooney’s punishment may not be reached for another five weeks.
This is because the hearing into the FA’s separate complaint about racist chanting directed at England players by Bulgarian fans during England’s 3-0 win in Sofia last month has been delayed in order to give the Bulgarian FA time to relate their own version of events.