I do not for one minute condone swearing. It’s never great to see profanity coming out of footballers mouths when their audience includes young children who idolise their every move. But what the FA have done now could change the tradition of the game. And that’s what I expect to happen, even though I don’t want it to. Swearing, passionate motions, moaning at the refs and visible acts of exhilaration, whether it be for celebrations or gestures at the crowd, have always been embedded in the traditions of the game. What the FA have decided to take upon themselves must be followed through for the rest of time, a feat that surely will not occur, which in turn will display their inconsistencies and ability to get away with injustice. Have the really thought this through? I think not.
The FA are an inconsistent bunch. It seems as though when a decision needs to be made, they literally sit in their offices, debate both sides and then flip a coin – and whatever the outcome, they then proceed to carry out. I’m sorry, but who are these people and how are they in this position of power? Why are they making the rules when quite clearly they cannot handle any kinds of decisions that need to be made? I’ll tell you one thing, the head of the FA is a guy named David Bernstein, a diehard Man City fan since he was a boy and isn’t it just fitting that he has the final call on the length of the ban that Rooney will receive, which ultimately has lead to him missing out on the FA Cup Semi Final against his boyhood club. (http://therepublikofmancunia.com/so-whos-the-chairman-of-the-fa/) It’s blatant cheating! It’s there for all to see! Surely this is a bigger issue?
Rooney’s behaviour was wrong, he should have controlled himself and he should not be acting like that in front of a live audience that reaches millions of people. However, this happens week in week out, swearing all around the football pitch, either at the refs, linesmen, the crowd, each other or in this case, the cameras. The FA cannot out of the blue decide to charge Rooney with a 2 match ban. Let me ask you, if it had been a Wolves or Wigan player (no disrespect), would this be happening? If Richard Stearman or Steven Caldwell swore, would they be getting a ban?! I think not! They are trying to make an example of a big name player which is unfair when there are so many around doing the same thing!
This incoherent authority also act in the best interests of the media and the public eye, they do not fully think their decisions through. The FA let’s say, out of 10 decisions against Man Utd or Wayne Rooney, get half right and half wrong. Looking at specific incidents; Rooney did not get charged for his blatant elbow on Wigan’s James McCarthy a few weeks back. The media and managers weren’t happy, condemning the FA and arguing that they show favouritism for the bigger clubs. When this happened, it was inevitable, no matter what the next incident would be involving Rooney, that he would be charged - the swearing saga just happened to be the next event. It’s pathetic, if anyone needs to be charged it’s them for their blatant inconsistencies and visible favouritism by their chairman!
I will repeat myself, the FA have now taken it upon them to try and change the tradition of the game. They must stand by their decision and follow this through for the rest of the season and for seasons to come, because if they don’t they are displaying double standards and treating the bigger clubs and better players differently - this constitutes discrimination and prejudice! I want consistency, something the FA have most definitely not been able to fulfil since I have been watching football. I’m not even going to start going through the list whereby some players (Rio Ferdinand) get banned for missing a drugs test but other players (Christian Negouai) don’t get banned. Or let’s remember not so long ago when Steven Gerrard literally walked past the ref, swore directly at him with his fingers gesturing his feelings. Where is the punishment for that?! Let’s get even more recent, how about Arsene Wenger yesterday complaining about the fixtures, implying that there is corruption and collusion amongst the authorities that decided the fixtures? The punishment for the West Ham fans who chanted racial slurs towards the families of their own team’s players? How about the horrific Michael Essien tackle that went unpunished which could have easily broken a player’s leg? Where is the fucking consistency I ask!?
Why do they see fit to charge a player for one profane word when it happens with every player every week? Immediately after the incident, Rooney apologised for his actions. He knew he was in the wrong and a warning, a fine and possibly at MOST, a one game ban would be sufficient. Swearing from now on, no matter who it is directed at, must be considered punishable, no matter what the context is. I do not want to hear one swear word from any player on that field, and if they do, the FA better be consistent and charge every footballer from this moment on.