FA to uphold Wayne Rooney's two-match ban

This is how Wayne Rooney celebrates goals now after the FA came down hard on him for his hat-trick celebration versus West Ham United. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The England Football Association (FA) have upheld the original two-match ban they imposed on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney for swearing into television cameras after his third goal versus West Ham United this past weekend. After being notified of the FA's decision to ban the United striker for two-matches, Rooney admitted to the charge of using offensive language but appealed the severity of the punishment. It's an action and charge that is unprecedented in English football. The England international even issued a statement of regret and apology immediately after the match. The punishment in itself is extremely severe for the offense; but the length of the ban and how it coincides with United's FA Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City may leave many to wonder out loud if the FA is trying to make an example out of one it's higher profile clubs and footballers. Rooney will miss his club's next two domestic matches; a league tie versus Fulham on Saturday and the mentioned FA Cup tie with City. 

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