Anfield boss will not receive punishment for swearing like Old Trafford hero admits Wembley chief.
Football Association director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking has dismissed suggestions Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will be punished for being caught swearing by a TV camera.
But Brooking does concede the governing body has to clarify its rules regarding obscene language at football matches.
Following Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney’s ban for swearing into a camera during the 4-2 victory at West Ham, bad language has been closely scrutinised.
Numerous Red Devil fans appealed to the FA to discipline Dalglish after he appeared to tell Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to ‘p**s off’ last Sunday.
But the governing body sees the two incidents as quite different and will not punish the Anfield boss.
“We are quite clear that the context of the Rooney incident was wholly different to the other recent incidents cited,” an FA statement read.
But Brooking wants the FA to clarify the rules on obscene language so this kind of controversy can be avoided.
“What we have to do is get all stakeholders – the Premier League, Football League, PFA and LMA – on the same hymn sheet,” Brooking said at the launch of the Grass Roots Football Show 2011.
“I’d like to feel you can get to a stage where everyone just accepts the decision rather than muddying the waters.
“If anyone is still unsure why the action was taken then we should clarify it so that it’s consistent.
“There has to be a clear understanding. Clarification would help us avoid a continued debate.”
“It was totally different [from Rooney]. The reaction straight into the camera [from Rooney] was the difference,” Brooking added.
“I can understand why the incident at the West Ham match led to action being taken but in this one I don’t think there is any comparison.
“Wherever I’ve been since the West Ham-Manchester United game, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who thought it was anything other than the right decision.”