They are, after all, an organisation chaired by a chartered accountant described by Lord Sugar as a man who “never offends anyone, and never makes a decision!” David Bernstein, and his board, totally bungled their treatment of Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson . Once again they appear insufferably incompetent, making repeatedly poor, retrospective decisions with a focus on setting examples.
Rooney shouldn’t have sworn directly into the camera, it sets a bad example to kids watching at home. But how can we, the press, or the FA, criticise a man for playing his game his way? He’s playing for the biggest club in world; ‘crazy’ moments will always be magnified by the vying media who busily sharpen their knives ready to carve up another overpaid footballer.
But it’s hugely important the FA don’t adhere to the pressure of the press whose only aim is to create sensational headlines. Why don’t they show some common sense instead? Do the suits at the FA really want Wayne Rooney banned from playing in their own cup semi final? United v City at Wembley Stadium this Saturday is arguably the highest profile domestic game so far this season, it will be watched by hundred’s of millions of people across the globe and is the perfect showcase for the Premier League and it’s glittering array of stars. But there will be no Rooney present – why? Because the FA wouldn’t show some common sense and let him play.
There shouldn’t even be a ban in my opinion. Swearing on the pitch has not been a punishable offence until now, the FA have created this rule midway through the season, without informing the LMA or the PFA. And worse still they seem to have created this rule especially for Wayne Rooney! Well done! Would they have done this for a Blackpool player? No, of course not.
Manchester United will always be the perfect scapegoat for the FA. Over the years some of the most watchable and maverick players in the world have graced Old Trafford. It’s what makes the club so special. Rooney is one of these players. Yes, he’s flawed, yes, he’s a bit stupid but he’s also a genius on the pitch.
Twice this season Rooney has made me eat my words. ‘Get him off’ I screamed furiously at the TV just minutes before he scored a sublime overhead kick that will surely be goal of the season. Again at West Ham I found myself questioning Rooney until he went on an eleven-minute goal rampage that saw him score the superb hat trick that will arguably be looked upon as the decisive moment in Utd’s season. And because this fantastic player dared to let his emotions run away with him after the torrid year he’s had, he will be watching the FA Cup semi final from the comfort of his front room! Nice one FA.
The football governing body in this country is called the Football Association, not the EFA because England is the home of football, so let’s make sense of our game with a bit of common sense. Don’t create new rules midway through a season, don’t order managers to speak to the media then ban them when they speak the truth, and whilst we’re at it ask referees to speak to the media directly after matches – I promise you we would all have a lot more ‘respect’ for you and them if you did.
This piece comes courtesy of Toploader’s Dan Hipgrave
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