Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic - the player who suffered from Wayne Rooney’s frustration during the Euro 2012 qualifier - has written a letter to Uefra in support of the Manchester United striker.
The player kicked by Rooney has teamed up with a Russian newspaper to send a letter to Uefa chief, Michel Platini, pleading for the England striker's ban to be reduced.
The FA are yet to decide whether to appeal Rooney’s suspension but in a startling act of sportsmanship, Dzudovic is hoping his letter will go some way towards changing Uefa’s decision.
Dzudovic’s letter read: “Miodrag would like to underline that he didn’t notice any signs of aggression in Rooney’s actions. In his opinion the England national team player was driven by emotions and it was an act of desperation rather than anger.
“The most important detail we ask to take notice of is Wayne Rooney’s apology. He realised his fault and felt guilty. Uefa pay so much attention to ‘Fair Play’ principles but Wayne’s behaviour is the brightest example of fairness. It is a rare case when a player leaves the field blaming no one but himself after being sent off.
“In our opinion Wayne Rooney shouldn’t be banned even for a single game. We hope to be heard in Uefa.”