Rooney charged for rant
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been charged by the
The England forward issued a formal apology for his outburst, which he claimed came "in the heat of the moment" after he completed a match-turning treble, and insisted "was not aimed at anyone in particular".
However, an FA statement this evening read: "The FA has charged Manchester United's Wayne Rooney for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language. This charge relates to an incident during his side's fixture with West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday April 2, 2011. Rooney has until 6pm on April 5 to respond to the charge."
A one-match ban would rule Rooney out of Saturday's home game with Fulham, with a two-match suspension sidelining him for the following weekend's Manchester derby FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Rooney's three goals at Upton Park helped his team to a 4-2 victory which took them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. But, after completing his treble, the striker uttered an audible expletive into a television camera as he celebrated. The game was beamed around the world by Sky Sports and the incident prompted an on-air apology from the broadcaster.