The first reaction to Wayne Rooney’s two match ban being upheld – which includes the FA Cup semi final derby, was to tell the suits at the FA to well and truly stick their Cup and field the Manchester United Youth team in protest to what has universally been condemned as a totally unfair suspension. After all it’s no more than a tin pot with little relevance for major clubs when compared to the only two competitions worth winning. Remember the Portsmouth – Cardiff final just three years ago? Not exactly a pulsating Barca – Real classico was it except for fans of both clubs?
But when it was remembered that such action may only result in possibly giving Manchester City an armchair ride into the Final, I soon had second thoughts. Rooney has only made two appearances in the Cup this season, one of them as a second half substitute against Crawley, which shows that City can be beaten with or without Rooney.
That was never the point for my original youth team reaction but simply a way to show the authorities that their complete capitulation to the media ‘Rooney lynch mob’ was totally gutless.
Nobody but nobody, not even Rooneys most fervent fans condones what he did yet the majority of unbiased people in the game agree that the punishment did not even come close to fitting the supposed ‘crime’. And here’s another point. European Champions League suspensions do not count in the Premier League and vice versa because they are totally different competitions. The FA Cup is also an entirely separate tournament therefore suspensions for a Premier League offence should logically only be served in the league. Whoever the opponents happen to be is immaterial but the principle should certainly be.
My fervent wish now is to see Rooney grab the winner in the final, then watch him give those same FA suits a middle finger salute as he collects his winners medal.
Does Rooney have a right to be pissed off with the FA?