Rooney out of order
Wayne Rooney was sent off against FC Porto in the LG Amsterdam Tournament for a challenge on defender Pepe Ferreira. The referee registered the dismissal with the Dutch FA who in turn reported it to the English FA. The English FA dealt with the dismissal as if it occurred in England and Rooney was handed a three-match ban to commence tomorrow. Paul Scholes was also sent off in that game and was banned too for three matches.
Now Rooney and Scholes lost appeals against the bans, though Scholes was meant to have no qualms about the decision. Rooney, however, has made it clear through his agent Paul Stretford in a letter that stated Rooney may consider pulling out of any commercial duties he agreed to for England because of the FA's stance.
That to me is the proverbial toys out the pram. While the conduct against Ferreira warranted a booking, it can be debated that it was harsh for a straight red. Personally I feel Rooney intentionally used the forearm. Yet because Rooney did not get it his way, he wishes to spite the FA, regardless of the many others he would please. Certainly the FA should not be held to ransom at all by any player and Rooney can withdraw from such duties as he sees fit, someone else can do it instead.