Has football gone to far with player punishments?

April 22, 2011 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 

Over recent weeks there have been a number of professional footballers that have been acting out of line with the conduct that they are expected to show as role models for our younger generation and it seems that although they are getting the punishments that they deserve, so many fans are backing their actions?

The incident that I would like to make reference to has to be the Wayne Rooney swearing into a television camera incident that seemed to rock the football community.

After scoring a goal against an opponent, Rooney can be seen running away to celebrate his latest addition to this seasons goal tally but in the heat of the moment he can clearly be seen swearing directly into the live television camera.

Rooney was rightly punished for his conduct following an investigation into the incident by the Football Association and was handed a 2 match ban that was to rule him out of one Premier League clash and the Manchester derby against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi final.

The moment that Rooney swore into the television camera the online forums and message boards filled with comments of disgust but following the announcement that the striker was to serve a 2 match ban, supporters suddenly backed the player and called for the punishment to be quashed.

Now surely people can’t expect for a professional footballer of the statue of Wayne Rooney to be able to get away with moments of madness like that?

Trevor Brooking has said there is no comparison between Kenny Dalglish’s outburst towards Arsene Wenger at the weekend and that of Wayne Rooney’s at West Ham a couple of weeks ago.

The FA’s director of football development explained: “It was totally different (from Rooney). The reaction straight into the camera (from Rooney) was the difference.

Surely once you have called for the player to punished you have to stick with that?

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