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Wayne Rooney has apologised for swearing into a television camera during Manchester United's win over West Ham.
The England striker uttered an audible expletive following the completion of his hat-trick at Upton Park, which helped United come from 2-0 down to win 4-2.
Rooney's outburst prompted an immediate on-air apology from broadcasters Sky Sports.
The Football Association revealed that they would examine the footage before deciding whether to take any action against Rooney.
Rooney is expected to discover on Monday whether he will face disciplinary proceedings for his foul-mouthed hat-trick celebration.
In a statement released by his club, the England international has put his outburst down to the emotion of putting his side ahead.
He said: "I want to apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my goal celebration, especially any parents or children that were watching.
"Emotions were running high and on reflection my heat-of-the-moment reaction was inappropriate. It was not aimed at anyone in particular."
It is understood that taking action over a player swearing into a camera may be unprecedented, but the FA's rules do appear to have a provision about such behaviour.
They state: "A participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour."
Rooney upset England fans during last summer's World Cup when he turned to a television camera and verbally attacked them at the end of the dismal goalless draw with Algeria.Barclays Premier League. Click here to bet.
all blown up because of who it is and who he plays for,yes he was out of order but he has apoligised now move on why is it only when rooney swears it makes the papers last time they had a lip reader to count how many times he swore watch any game there all at it: drogba didn't just swear he called the ref a f***ing cheat that why he banned
Posted 07:32 4th April 2011
I cant believe how many people are slamming rooney here. Who in their lifetime hasnt uttered an expletive whether it be on tv or not. The fact that i am a chelsea fan does not even come into this, as a football fan you can feel or imagine that after scoring a hat trick after being 2-0 down u might shout just one expletive!? i know i would. This is ridiculous. If anything I thought Rooney's passion was just a sign of how much he wants to win.
Posted 07:16 4th April 2011
He's scored a hat trick to put his team in the lead, after being two goals down. He was absolutely ecstatic and had every right to be. All the people calling for any sort of punishment need to get off of their high horses. It's clear these fools have never played competitive football in their lives. You've never scored a goal in the park and gone absolutely mental? Of course you have. Now stop trying to condemn Wayne Rooney for doing it.
Posted 00:38 4th April 2011
Seems to be much ado about very little... Psycholgists would call it a perfectly normal Frustration/Aggression reaction... Rooney has had a difficult 12 months, and his emotions exploded as his pent-up frustration was released... Not attractive to watch but no different to a geyser releasing it's steam...
Posted 00:09 4th April 2011
im reading these comments and its making me laugh! a ban for swearing plz if thats the case then every player in the premier league shud be dealt the same punishment! All it really boils down to with these ppl is the fact rooney plays for man utd and that hes WAYNE ROONEY, a wiff of jealousy i do believe!
Posted 00:04 4th April 2011
Clearly his outburst was wrong, but when your team goes down 2-0 in the first half then you have reason to come back with fire in your belly in the 2nd half. This might be the opinion of a United fan but honestly a few vulgar words are neither here nor there in this day and age and if the FA take action against him then it just goes to show that they are behind with the times. What I find funniest of all.... you all can't stop talking about Man Utd, honestly if there is one thing that people never stop talking about, its Man Utd. You're all closet United fans, just give over and grow up and talk about your own teams for a change rather than moaning about a few words one player said.
Posted 23:56 3rd April 2011
I'm a rock-hearted Chelsea fan, but this is not a topic of rivalry, this is a general issue as human and professionals. As professional footballers owe the duty to maintain ethics and descency, but as humans they're bound to make mistakes, and sometimes terrible mistakes. Rooney is human, and not superman. He has made a mistake, but with immediate effect has apologised remorsefully, what then do we expect him to do, to gain pardon, hang himself on the cross? No one is above errors, and also this is football emotions where it is virtually impossible to perfect with the control of your emotion. The fact is, Rooney has done wrong and has pleaded for forgiveness, it UNFAIR to crucify him. As a chelsea fan, Drog swore and got his punishment, true, but its no use crucifying a man who has apologised for making a mistake, and has accepted his mistakes and remorseful about it.
Posted 23:22 3rd April 2011
As a Leeds fan, you probably think I'm going to say he should be banned for several games or hit with a hefty fine. As far as I'm concerned if he has apologised, that should be the end of the matter Football is a passionate game & spur of the moment things are done & said & regretted afterwards. Because all the media is going on about it, it is now blown out of proportion.
Posted 22:55 3rd April 2011
We're Man United. We'll do what we want.
Posted 22:44 3rd April 2011
How can Rooney possibly write of such a vile outburst? It was a foul mouthed challenge - not a celebration. Five words that reveal the true Rooney - a thug and no embassador for our game. He tries to get off with a feeble apology that it wasn't aimed at anybody in particular and, in hindsight, was ill advised - get real - under no circumstances is it advised. As for the excuse that complaints are from scousers have these short memoried forgotten that Roonet is a scouser - and the sort that are disowned not only by scousers.
Posted 22:24 3rd April 2011
Peter Bainbridge........Newcastle have had Lee Bowyer AND Joey Barton.......dont preach to me about thugs you donut.
Posted 22:18 3rd April 2011
I don't believe what Rooney did was right but to single him out from all other professional footballers is wrong. And what is said by players on the pitch is nothing compared to the vile abuse & language that comes from the terraces, with women & children within earshot. A fine is appropriate, nothing more & move on.
Posted 21:53 3rd April 2011
First of all, it is wrong for the operators to get that close with players when they celebrate the goal, if the camera man didn't put the camera in Rooney's mouth none of the TV viewers would have heard what Rooney said. Wayne Rooney has been through so much in last 12 months thanks to the dirty media we have today and of course the huge army of the United haters...But now when he is finally finding himself the media is all over him again because of the F-word, Would media make this a big story if a Blackpool player celebrated like that? I don't think so, but it is Rooney he plays for United so let's get everyone's attention onto this and make the FA to give him a ban, give me a break,!!! It was just a relief for him, an emotional celebration, he is a human being he just let out his emotions end of the story. All these supposedly "grown ups" here and there complaining about Rooney not being a good role model for their children, well each one of YOU is the first and only role model for your children and tell your kids to learn how to score a goal like Rooney and not to reply what Rooney says when he scores... This is just a good chance for Anti-United people to throw an extra dirt at United but hey the most you could hope for is FA to give him a Fine nothing more than that, I say Rooney will not get a ban because i still believe they do use their brains over there. And Dear Media Please, Leave Wayne Rooney alone, WILL YOU?!
Posted 21:13 3rd April 2011
This is just a prime example of how pathetic people can be.. People swear all the time, you hear it day-in, day-out, and at the end of the day, why should anyone care? What I dislike is a good old camera close up of the players spitting and blowing their nose all over the pitch.. Why not do a story about that? as its disgusting!
Posted 20:55 3rd April 2011
Rooney has made a mistake here but the people who have the cameras and microphones all over the pitch need to share some of the blame. I've heard far worse coming from coaches and fans during games picked up by the pitchside microphones. Half the time we see player close-ups on the pitch they are clearly seen to be swearing. The fact they can't be heard doesn't mean they did not do it. Maybe the broadcasters need to evaluate their editing techniques and give cameramen the power to mute recordings in certain situations. There's no denying the quality of the pictures generated by having multiple cameras. As much as it pains me to say it, Gerrard's celebration of kissing the camera was an excellent example of capturing the raw emotion of scoring a goal. I guess the main conclusion here is that footballers should be seen and not heard!
Posted 20:47 3rd April 2011
There is no problem with showing passion in football and yes players swear every game but what rooney showed was a complete lack of respect and class.Man utd fans will always defend him but then again man utd have a habit of signing thugs Roy Keane need i say more.
Posted 20:46 3rd April 2011
First of all I`m not a United fan, hasn`t this been blown out of all proportion or is the problem that you could hear what Rooney said. During every game shown on TV from the Prem you will be able to lip read players swearing at least 15-20 at the ref, are we saying that all these players should be banned if so get ready for lots of 7 a side football.
Posted 20:07 3rd April 2011
However reprehensible Mr Rooney's loose tongue may be, it would be a travesty of justice to impose a ban on playing. I notice that footballers make a habit of swearing and uttering expletives, and to single out one individual as a "role model" would be grossly unfair. Most young people view their parents as role models, and I would ask those parents who condemn Rooney to look to our own lives for a moment and question whether we are worthy role models. Consider your day to day words and actions and ask whether you are without fault. As for the broadcasters; Why do you have so many intrusive microphones around the field of play?, Why do you allow the words of the many really offensive football chants to be broadcast?, Why do you allow expletives and other offensive language in the name of art?. Those of us who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Posted 19:25 3rd April 2011
However reprehensible Mr Rooney's loose tongue may be, it would be a travesty of justice to impose a ban on playing. I notice that footballers make a habit of swearing and uttering expletives, and to single out one individual as a "role model" would be grossly unfair. Most young people view their parents as role models, and I would ask those parents who condemn Rooney to look to their own lives for a moment and question whether you are worthy role models. Consider your day to day words and actions and ask are without fault. As for the broadcasters; Why do you have so many intrusive microphones around the field of play?, Why do you allow the words of the many really offensive football chants to be broadcast?, Why do you allow expletives in the name of art?. Those of us who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Posted 19:22 3rd April 2011
What's all the rubbish that children will follow these footballers who swear, children are exposed to swearing probably on a daily basis, through other children or offhanded comments they pick up on, they know it's wrong so it doesnt make a blind bit of difference if they do hear it on tv or not.
Posted 19:12 3rd April 2011
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