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Wayne Rooney shouting on TV last Saturday.

Soccer star Wayne Rooney is trending today on Twitter in the UK.

England’s Football Association today rejected an appeal by Manchester United’s Rooney, who had been slapped with a two-game suspension for swearing into a TV camera during a game last weekend.

Rooney said he was “gutted” by the decision.

“I am not the first player to have sworn on TV and I won’t be the last,” Rooney said in a statement. “Unlike others who have been caught swearing on camera, I apologized immediately. And yet I am the only person banned for swearing. That doesn’t seem right.”

This latest flap surrounding Rooney has become a cultural touchstone for arguments about civility in sports and athletes as role models.

Many of Rooney’s sports colleagues have said his suspension is too harsh a punishment, but he’s been widely criticized as well. A local police official went so far as to say that if Rooney had acted like that on the street, he would have run into trouble with the law.

“If Rooney had behaved like that on a Saturday night, I’d have expected my officers to lock him up,” said Wolverhampton police Superintendent Mark Payne. “People in positions of influence have an obligation to behave like human beings. It’s not a lot to ask.”

OliverPhelps: I think its laughable that Wayne Rooney cant understand his 2 match ban. Here’s a good idea, DONT swear down a camera on a live feed.

Alpharomeo75‎: can’t help but think that this ban would only happen to Wayne Rooney!

IAmShadowMoses‎: what he did was different. he looked to a camera and did it. no other player does that. Ban deserved.

APB1979‎: But he is the 1st player to swear directly at the camera though.

Foggo11‎: not the only 1 but I wonder if this will stop him berating and swearing at every ref in the country? I highly doubt it!!

GavWeaver‎: but he is the first one to do it intentionally down the camera…. The spanner. He will not do it again though.

kingswell‎: Rooney needs to learn the difference between ‘swearing on TV’ and pottymouthing straight down a camera to a global audience


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By Paul Hechinger