Wayne Rooney has received a two-match ban from the FA for swearing into a television camera during the Premier League win over West Ham United on Saturday.
The England frontman will therefore miss this weekend’s match against Fulham and next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against local rivals Manchester City.
Rooney, 25, accepted the FA charge but appealed against the “excessive” length of the ban.
Nonetheless, the FA has upheld the players ban, something which has disappointed Rooney, who scored the only goal in last night’s Champions League quarter-final win for Manchester United against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“I am gutted to miss two matches, one of which is an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley” said Rooney in a statement this morning.
“I am not the first player to have sworn on TV and I won’t be the last.
“Unlike others who have been caught swearing on camera, I apologised immediately. And yet I am the only person banned for swearing. That doesn’t seem right.
“Whatever, I have to accept that what’s happened has happened and move on from here. That is what I intend to do.”