*UPDATE* Wayne Rooney will discover the fate of his appeal on Thursday morning.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has decided to appeal the severity of a ban he received for swearing into television cameras after the celebration of his third goal versus West Ham United. The Football Association (FA) gave the England international a two-game ban; a charge that Rooney admits to but United feel that the ban is too severe. If the charge and length of the ban stands as is, then the striker will be forced to sit out the FA Cup semi-final tie versus Manchester City at Wembley. The risk Rooney takes is that if he loses the appeal, he is then in danger of having the ban extended. A similar occurrence recently happened to manager Sir Alex Ferguson after he appealed the charges by the FA for his comments about the refereeing at Stamford Bridge in last month's match versus Chelsea FC. The FA confirmed that they received Rooney's appeal:
The case will be heard on Wednesday afternoon. Just as a reminder, the ban does not involve Champions League play as UEFA is the governing body for that competition.
PFA players chief Gordon Taylor released this statement in regards to the FA's charges versus Rooney on the PFA website: