Rooney appeals suspension

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has appealed against a two-match ban instated for the use of abusive language during last week's win over West Ham, it was confirmed today.

Rooney was hit with disciplinary proceedings by The Football Association yesterday after a tirade directed at a television camera during Manchester United's 4-2 win at West Ham last weekend.

The charge carries a two-match suspension, ruling the England striker out of United's FA Cup semi-final duel with Manchester City later this month. However, Rooney has challenged the severity of his likely punishment and his case will be heard on Wednesday, the FA confirmed.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to be drawn on the Rooney case at a press conference in London on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea.

"We have nothing to say about that. I am not going to discuss it at all," he said. "We have submitted our case."