Old Trafford star tries to make amends.
England striker Wayne Rooney has written a letter of apology to UEFA over his sending off against Montenegro last week to avoid an extra ban.
The 25-year-old hopes a personal demonstration of repentance will see the organisation’s disciplinary committee take a lenient approach when deciding his suspension.
The Manchester United star will definitely miss the opening game of the Euro 2012 group stages, but the governing body could extend his punishment to two or three matches.
Rooney was sent off for a petulant kick at Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw in Podgorica, which secured the Three Lions’ passage to Euro 2012.
Referee Wolfgang Stark praised Rooney’s behaviour when leaving the pitch, which has given England some hope that he will only be given a one-match ban.
UEFA will announce the length of Rooney’s ban, along with other outstanding Euro 2012 qualifying issues, after its Control and Disciplinary Body meets on Thursday in Nyon, Switzerland.
Football Association director of communications Adrian Bevington has pledged to do everything in his power to ensure Wayne Rooney is available to England as early as possible at Euro 2012.
Football Association director of communications Adrian Bevington has pledged to help ensure Rooney is available to England as early as possible at Euro 2012.
Bevington has indicated that the FA would be prepared to launch an appeal if the striker is handed anything more than a one-game ban.
“We are still waiting to be advised by the UEFA disciplinary group as to what the penalty will be,” Bevington told Sky Sports.
“We have been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we are prepared to support Wayne in any way we can.
“If it does lead to an appeal process, or any supplementary evidence we can submit to support him, we are not disputing that he was sent off for a red-card offence, but it is very important to us as an organisation that we look after all our players.
“And I would like to say, on the record, that Wayne conducted himself incredibly well after the game. He was very apologetic and I felt he handled it very maturely.
“We will do all that we can to try and ensure that Wayne is available to us as soon as possible in the finals.”