LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Wayne Rooney looks on during the England training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group G qualifier against Montenegro on October 4, 2011 in London Colney, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

UEFA Reduces Wayne Rooney's Euro 2012 Ban To Two Matches

Wayne Rooney has won his appeal with UEFA, seeing his three-match suspension reduced to two and allowing him to play in England's Euro 2012 group stage finale

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England's Wayne Rooney Has Euro 2012 Ban Reduced By UEFA

Wayne Rooney has won his appeal of UEFA's three-match international suspension, getting it reduced to two matches. The England striker was banned after he received a red card for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic in his team's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro. Had Rooney's three-match suspension stood, he would have been forced to miss the entire group stage of next summer's European Championships, but by having it reduced to two matches he will be able to play in the group stage finale against Ukraine.

At no point did the FA appeal that Rooney should not be suspended, just that the suspension should be reduced. In suspending Rooney initially UEFA referred to the rules, which state that a "suspension for three competition matches or for a specified period for assaulting another player or other person present at the match." In reducing the suspension, UEFA deemed Rooney's action not to be an assault and more like the situation at Euro 2008 when Andrei Arshavin kicked out and was handed a two-match ban.

The appeal was heard by a panel of three from UEFA's disciplinary committee and Rooney's appeal was argued by four FA attorneys, while Rooney and England manager Fabio Capello were also in attendance. Rooney's appeal was undoubtedly helped by Dzudovic, who asked that UEFA show the Englishman leniency because Rooney acted out out of "desperation rather than anger."

England will still be without Rooney for their first two Euro group stage matches versus France and Sweden, but he will be a boost for the final match. While Ukraine are not a strong team, having to play the hosts in Donetsk without their talisman would have proved to be very difficult.
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FA To Appeal Wayne Rooney Ban

Wayne Rooney has been banned for the first three matches of the 2012 European Championships following his dismissal for violent conduct during England's 2-2 draw against Montenegro last month, but the FA, cogniscent of England's rather lessened chances of surviving the group stages should their best player be sidelined, have confirmed that they're appealing the decision.

The FA can confirm it will be appealing the UEFA sanction against Wayne Rooney following his red card against Montenegro.

The written reasons were received on Tuesday evening with a deadline of midnight tonight (Friday 4 November) to respond, which we have now done so formally.

It's not entirely clear on what grounds the FA is arguing that Rooney's ban should be reduced - in the Premier League serious foul play leading to a red card would be met with a three game ban and Rooney's tackle was completely malicious. Combined with his poor disciplinary record in international matches, you can't see this one succeeding. But hey, there's probably not much harm in asking, unless UEFA adds a game on for being cheeky.

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