Wayne Rooney’s red card during the Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro was his first for England in more than five years. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP
Wayne Rooney is to plead his case to Uefa in writing as part of the Football Association’s argument that the England striker should not have his automatic oneâ€‘match ban for violent conduct extended by the governing body’s control and disciplinary panel.
Uefa’s disciplinary department will meet on Thursday and discuss Rooney’s petulant kick at the Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw in Podgorica on Friday. The striker was dismissed by the German official Wolfgang Stark with 17 minutes of the qualifier remaining and will miss at least his country’s opening fixture at the finals in Ukraine and Poland next summer.
The control and disciplinary body has the power to increase that suspension to up to three games, or impose a warning or fine, and will study Stark’s report before making a decision. The precedent appears to be the ban given to Arsenal’s midfielder Andrey Arshavin after he was dismissed for violent conduct six minutes from the end of Russia’s final qualifier against Andorra before EuroÂ 2008. The Russian Football Federation included video footage of the physical treatment its captain had received from opposing players during that game as part of its evidence but Arshavin was still banned for the first two games of the finals.
The FA accepts that Rooney’s offence merited a red card but believes his behaviour does not warrant a more severe punishment and, to that end, has indicated its defence of the player will be “proactive and robust”. The body’s governance and regulatory department has been examining Uefa’s rules and statutes and the FA will send a dossier to Uefa in the hope that the sanction will not be increased. The submission will include footage of Rooney’s reaction to the red card in the hope that the fact the striker departed the pitch without contesting the decision in Podgorica, as Stark confirmed over the weekend, will work in his favour.
Rooney will point to his relatively improved disciplinary record in recent seasons. The player has not been sent off for England in more than five years â€“ he was dismissed for appearing to stamp on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho during the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal in Gelsenkirchen in 2006 â€“ and was last dismissed for Manchester United in March 2009.
The England manager, Fabio Capello, too, is expected to write a letter arguing that the ban should remain at one match. However, there are concerns that Uefa will take into account that Rooney served a one-game ban during the qualifying campaign for Euro 2012, having missed last summer’s 2-2 draw with Switzerland after picking up two bookings in GroupÂ G. That may count against him.
The FA has indicated that, if the ban were extended beyond the automatic one-game suspension, it would appeal against the decision.
Uefa’s control and disciplinary body will examine on 17 November the FA’s complaint about racist chanting by Bulgaria fans during England’s 3-0 win in Sofia last month, after the Bulgarian FA requested more time to submit its statement.