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.