FA explains appeal stance

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp followed Kenny Dalglish’s lead in

accusing the FA of double standards by appealing against a

suspension that threatened to rule Rooney out of the entire Euro

2012 group phase. Current favourite to replace Fabio Capello as

England boss, Redknapp was not alone in believing if Rooney had

committed exactly the same offence in the Premier League, and then

challenged it, he would probably have been handed an additional

match suspension for a “frivolous appeal”. However, the FA have

attempted to outline the differences between their own disciplinary

system and that of UEFA. Whereas all violent conduct cases result

in three-match bans under FA regulations, UEFA only have a one-game

automatic tariff, with guidance given to the disciplinary panel to

add an additional game or two at their discretion. It is a point

outlined in a lengthy statement released by FA chairman David

Bernstein and, although it may frustrate Redknapp, Dalglish and

Everton boss David Moyes amongst others, it does not suggest there

will be any change to the present position. “It is important that

people understand that amongst the many duties of The FA we have

responsibility for the England team and also, separately, to

oversee the domestic game’s regulatory function,” said Bernstein.

“Our philosophy for the national team is clear. We will run this

along the same lines and with the same focus and commitment as any

football club in this country. Our fans would expect no less. “To

achieve this we will fully support our manager and our players.

“This is simply what we have sought to achieve in reducing Wayne

Rooney’s suspension. I am very pleased that we have been successful

in this appeal. “The FAs disciplinary department has stated, from

the outset, that the domestic regulatory process is different to

that of UEFA’s. “In the case of Wayne Rooney we have been well and

independently advised and have followed proper UEFA process

throughout. “Our management and players respect that domestic

disciplinary decisions of he FA are made independently of matters

relating to the English national team.” At least Manchester United

manager Sir Alex Ferguson is happy. “It is no problem for me,” said

Ferguson, countering suggestions that he was not interested in the

well-being of England’s national team. “I am pleased for Wayne

Rooney and England. It does give them a better chance.”