The Football Association have defended themselves against Kenny Dalglish’s accusation of double standards after Wayne Rooney successfully appealed against his three-match Euro 2012 ban.
Rooney’s punishment for lashing out at Montenegro’s Miodrag Dzudovic in October has been reduced to a two-game suspension, with an additional match suspended for four years, a period that only covers England games in UEFA competitions. But Dalglish pointed out that if Rooney had been judged on the FA’s own rules, a three-match suspension would have been automatic.
However, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington was quick to point out a major difference that exists between how the FA and UEFA handle disciplinary matters. And this has now been followed by a formal FA statement on the matter that read: “To promote speed and consistency, stakeholders in England agreed a standard formula encompassing a fixed penalty sanction should be applied across the game by The FA.”
The statement continued: “The system has been in operation for many years and meets the demands of the domestic game. The FA’s system allows clubs to make a claim of wrongful dismissal - to reduce a sanction to zero - or appeal the severity of a sanction, both of these processes are dealt with prior to the player’s next fixture.
“UEFA chooses to operate a different process for European matches, based on a sliding scale, under which each sanction is determined individually by a disciplinary panel.
“In any event a minimum one game ban will always be applied by UEFA. This process meets the demands of UEFA football where the period between fixtures is greater than that in the domestic game.”
Rooney’s two-match ban means he misses the Group D opener against France on June 11 in Donetsk and also the second game against Sweden in Kiev on June 15 but can now face Ukraine on June 19 in Donetsk.
It is believed the FA pointed out that a three-match ban that affects games in the finals of a major tournament is harsher than a suspension of a similar length which would just affect matches in a qualifying tournament