POTTY-mouthed hat-trick hero Wayne Rooney could face FA sanctions for swearing during the 4-2 win over West Ham today.
Rooney struck three to drag his team back from two down, and in his celebrations he swore directly into Sky Sports’ TV cameras – forcing the broadcaster into a hasty apology.
And although no action has previously followed from similar situations, the FA is in a position to discipline Rooney.
The FA’s guidelines state: “A participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.”
Now I understand tempers run high during Premier League matches – but as a father of young children who are often with me while the match is on, I would back action being taken in this instance.
Unlike most swearing during a match, Rooney’s F-bomb was directed directly down the camera’s lens, staring the viewing public in the eye – and on a Saturday lunchtime kick-off to boot, rather than post watershed.
And it’s not like he doesn’t have previous – anyone remember his rant about booing fans in an England shirt at the World Cup?