Wayne Rooney was heard swearing in front of the television cameras during the celebration on scoring his third goal against the East London side.
The FA website produced the following statement.
“The FA has charged Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney for the use of offensive, insulting and / or abusive language.
This charge relates to an incident during his side’s fixture with West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 2 April 2011.
Rooney has until 6pm on 5 April to respond to the charge.”
As the situation is related to swearing the FA will now have to punish all players caught using abusive language, if the FA fail to stick to this then will be deemed that punishments are only handed out on an “as is” case. With football remarkably infamous for it’s bad language both on the pitch and the terraces, the FA will now have to act after almost every football match.
Should the Manchester United striker appeal against the decision, the FA – by that time – may have seen sense and decide not to enforce the ban. If the ban goes ahead, Rooney will miss the Premiership match versus Fulham and the FA Cup semi final against Manchester City.
Footybunker.com have contacted the FA and await their response to our main questions.
Will all players heard or reported to be using offensive, insulting and / or abusive language receive a minimum two match ban?
Why is Video technology/evidence used against players but not against refereeing decisions?
We shall report back if/when we receive a response.