Wayne Rooney charged by the FA following Saturday’s verbal volley

Wayne Rooney, after scoring his third goal, swears down the lens of the camera

Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United and England forward, has been charged by the FA for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language, following Manchester United’s match against West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday lunch-time.

The match saw West Ham take a 2-0 lead into half-time, thanks to two penalties from Mark Noble, only for an inspired second-half performance from Rooney to turn the tide in United’s favour, enabling the Premier League leaders to run out 4-2 winners, with the 25-year-old netting a hat-trick.

The incident in question came following Rooney’s conversion of a penalty for his, and United’s, third goal, when the England striker ran in front of a television camera before letting rip with a verbal volley of obscenities.

Rooney has until 6pm on Tuesday April 5 to respond to the charge. If he accepts then he will receive a two-match ban, which would rule him out of the FA Cup semi-final against local rivals Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday week.

 

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