Old Trafford star’s charge is questioned by the player’s union.
Players Football Association chief Gordon Taylor has questioned the wisdom of Wayne Rooney’s improper conduct charge from the Football Association.
The 25-year-old was charged for using abusive language after scoring his hat-trick in the 4-2 defeat of West Ham United on Saturday.
The England international has until 6pm today to appeal. He faces a two-match ban if found guilty or longer if he contests the charge.
Rooney would miss United’s Premier League home clash with Fulham on Saturday and the FA Cup semi-final meeting with Manchester City a week later
Taylor has questioned the FA by claiming every decision has to be consistent throughout the game and players made aware of the rules.
“Whilst the use of foul and abusive language is not condoned, there is an acceptance by all parties within the game that ‘industrial language’ is commonly used,” a statement from Taylor read on their website.
“It becomes an issue when directed towards match officials.
“However, when used in a spontaneous way in celebration or frustration then it is not normally expected to merit a sanction.
“If sanctions are to be imposed in such circumstances then this has to be done in a balanced and consistent manner, and participants made aware of this fundamental change in approach.”
The PFA’s website described the charge as being ‘unprecedented’ andwould set a ‘dangerous precedent’ leading to more players being dismissed.
“I think it puts them (the FA) in a difficult position if they do set a precedent that using foul and abusive language on the field of play is to be treated in this way,” PFA deputy chief executive John Bramhall said.
“Then it could lead to a very serious situation with regards to our members, who in previous seasons have been working with an acceptance level, a tolerance level which clearly has now been changed.
“None of the participants in the game have been involved in the discussions even though there have been on-going discussions between all the stakeholders within the game looking at what is acceptable within the game.”