Rooney hearing brought forward

The England striker is set to serve a suspension after seeing red

in the Three Lions’ final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on

October 7. As things stand, the Manchester United forward is due to

sit out the group stage of next summer’s European Championships.

The Football Association are hoping to see his ban reduced on

appeal and have taken their case to European football’s governing

body. A UEFA Appeals Body hearing is due to take place, with a date

now set for December 8, following a request from the FA to have it

moved forward. Rooney will be in Switzerland with United on

December 7 for a Champions League clash with FC Basel and the FA

feel it will make travel arrangements easier to have the hearing on

the Thursday rather than the Friday. The hearing in Nyon follows

UEFA’s receipt of an official written appeal on November 4.