Apparently common sense isnâ€™t as common as you might think. Then again we are dealing with the FA where a lack of common sense appears to be a pre requisite. Once again the FA has the appearance of making things up as they go along.
The problem is not Rooneyâ€™s actions. Heâ€™s an incredibly talented football with what appears to be both an anger management issue and problems with impulse control. Many the times we have seen over the years Rooney swearing at the referee, getting petulant bookings and generally not being as professional as he could be. Frankly Iâ€™d like to see referees clamp down on the swearing on the field. Thereâ€™s no need for it and clearly it is against the laws of the game. And Rooneyâ€™s impulse control issues get him splashed all over the gutter press.
The problem is the seemingly random nature of the charge being levied against him. Rooney appears to have been charged because he swore into a camera rather than the standard â€śeveryone does itâ€ť swearing that happens on the field of play every game. Yes Iâ€™m looking at you John Terry. Compounding the issue is that Rooney wasnâ€™t charged for an off the ball elbow incident against James McCarthy. In a match refereed by the walking disaster that is Mark Clattenburg, Rooneyâ€™s deliberate elbow should have been an immediate red card and the FA should have charged Rooney after the Wigan match. The FAâ€™s excuse that they couldnâ€™t charge Rooney, because the referee had seen the incident and ruled on the merits of the punishment within the game, hold little water given their previous action against Ben Thatcher and the infamous challenge on Pedro Mendes. The FA clearly can and has punished players for their actions on the field, even when seen by an official.
The FA was rightly condemned for their non action against Rooney after the elbow incident. The decision to charge Rooney over swearing into the camera has all the appearance of a makeup call by the FA. Ultimately what Rooney did was wrong and personally Iâ€™d like to see such action taken against other players. However the time and place to launch such an initiative is during the summer break with a directive to referees and a communication to the clubs that offensive, insulting and/or abusive language will be dealt with. What is patently unfair is for the FA to charge a player during the season without warning that the situation has changed. Iâ€™m aware that Rooneyâ€™s absence should help City in the FA Cup semi-final. It still doesnâ€™t make it right.
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