Wayne Rooney probably deserves a ban and heavy fine for his unacceptable
outburst during the win over West Ham.
that's going on now - on and off the pitch - was going on when I was playing.
days though cameras didn't get shoved in your face so much and people didn't follow
- or care about - your every move: times have changed and the money in the game
should be clever enough to know you can't do that. He has a child himself and,
like any parent, you don't want someone effing and jeffing in front of your
take umbrage if a man used that kind of language in front of his child and he
should know better - he should be dealt with accordingly.
what he did was in the heat of the moment and with no intent to insult any
individual, but we're trying to make players decent people and to respect the
fans who pay their wages.
can't tell TV companies not to zoom in on players - it is the money they
generate from the fans that pays the wages - so the players have to take responsibility
in front of their paymasters.
think they can start swearing on pitch if they see Rooney, who is allegedly
England's best player, doing that.
I think he will
be banned for two matches, which will affect United because one of them will be
the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City; a lengthier ban would cause
problems, with appeals and extensions, while a fine alone isn't enough in
ban and a financial penalty would be fairer, perhaps even a suspended ban to be
activated if his behaviour fails again, but the FA have to be seen to be doing
more than that.
have helped themselves by fining him internally or making him apologise
immediately after the game, on camera, and not in some clearly scripted
statement ages later.
advisers need to have a word too. The 'Wayne Rooney' brand took a knock when he
started playing like a drain, got in all that woman bother and decided to hold
the club to ransom over a new contract.
starting to claw that all back with some improved performances and arguably the
goal of the season against Manchester City, and that hat-trick against West Ham
was the kind of thing that defines seasons.
nonsense is a blow to his marketability and, let's be honest, Rooney's brand is
all about what he does - it will never be about his face!
a poor first 45 minutes in that match - I think this season he has turned it on
when he has support, like when Hernandez came on.
talking about tonight's Champions League clash between Real Madrid and
Tottenham and rightly so - with Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid have one of the best
players in the world, while Spurs have one of the in-form players in Gareth
Madrid will win and win fairly comfortably though. I think there was a bit of tomfoolery
on Jose Mourinho's part, playing a few little games about Ronaldo's fitness.
That Mourinho lost his nine-year unbeaten home record the other day means he
won't let Spurs make it two on the bounce.
Now Bale is
a known quantity Mourinho can hatch a plan, which he is very good at doing in
the big, tight European games - as he did for Inter against Lionel Messi last
season (although not in La Liga this time out).
starts with Peter Crouch it could, through no fault of the player's, leave Spurs
looking very one-dimensional as they lump it to his head while under the
inevitable pressure Madrid will put them under.
I think it
could be a comfortable win for the hosts, 2-0 to Madrid. But if Spurs start
with Roman Pavlyuchenko or Jermain Defoe, it could be a different story.