On How Wayne Rooney Ruined Mother’s Day


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. greenjonty says:

    It’s too much to hope that this football review will result in a well overdue overhaul in the FA from top to bottom. They are not fit for purpose. If they’re not bowing down to pressure from the Premier League then it’s the media and, in particular, Sky. What on earth are they doing sticking cameras in the faces of people who have just scored a goal? I don’t want to see some ugly midfielder blowing me a kiss any more than I want to hear some ugly forward using the ‘F’ word.

    It’s a sad indictment of the game’s governing body that while clubs up and down the pyramid are being saddled with debt, unable to pay their tax bills and being funded from various dubious resources that they are more concerned with vacuous, ridiculous charges like this. Why charge Rooney for foul and abusive language, or improper conduct when umpteen similar offences went unpunished over the same weekend but were lucky enough not have had a camera shoeved in their faces – that seems to be the only differential here and it leaves a bitter taste.

  2. Gervillian Swike says:

    Au contraire, look at the blogs and forums all over the Internet, and people are falling over themselves to say how ridiculous it is that a 25-year old father should be accountable for his obnoxious behaviour. Why is everyone so keen to make excuses for him? Does everyone want to set a precedent here? Since Gerrard kissed a lens, everyone’s doing it – Noble did it in the same game – and I don’t want that to extend to footballers swearing at me after they score a goal. Sorry about that, I think adults should have basic standards of behaviour, the bar’s hardly being set high here. Rooney knew what he was doing, he still did it, he knew the FA would ban him, and they have. That’s the way regulation works. I’m not buying the argument that far worse things happen all over the country every day, because they’re not relevant to this offence. A two-match ban is totally appropriate.

  3. Mike says:

    As a United fan, it disappoints me to see one of our best players banned at an important stage of the season. However, I do not like to see players of the team I support act in such a spoilt, loutish way, with no regards to common decency. I didn’t grow up watching Utd players act like that, and I wouldn’t want children of mine growing up watching that too, thinking it’s acceptable behaviour.

    As an individual, Rooney has proved over and again that he lacks any degree of class or intelligence to warrant being England and United’s best striker. He is a perfect example of what is wrong with a lot in football today.

    Like Gervillian Swike says above, adults should have basic standards of behaviour. The incoherent and nonsensical nature of Rooney’s swearing showed him for what he is. He didn’t even seem to know what he was angry about. He just let his ego take over and make a fool of himself.

    As regards to Sky’s cameras, they’ve been capturing everything for years now, and it indeed makes for the fantastic (mostly) footage we watch every week and often take for granted. It’s not as if the cameras behind the goal come on the pitch! Every week players score and don’t manage to make a complete and vulgar tit of themselves – was it THAT hard for Rooney to NOT do what he did?

  4. Matt says:

    Just a couple concerns:

    1. I agree that there have been mistakes made in the past about judgments, and some things certainly should have been judged much more harshly, or they should have been judged less harshly. No doubt about it. However, that does not alleviate concerns about this incident — each incident should be evaluated to a standard, not to each other incident.

    2. I have no problem with language — it’s a colorful part of the world, and I use it with sometimes reckless abandon. And if Rooney had been shouting out his comments before he realized the cameras were focused on him, we would not be concerned. However, Rooney clearly knew the cameras were on him and addressed the viewing public in such a way.

    Perhaps the ban is harsh — you could make a compelling argument about it without resorting to relativity — but Rooney was clearly in the wrong here. I firmly believe that he wronged his club, his family, his national team, his sponsors — all of ‘em — by behaving like a child. That’s where my biggest issue is.

    As a side note, if he’d run up and yelled “I love you, mom!” we’d be singing his praises for being a respectable kid. Instead, he behaves like a child who’s not been given his dose of sedatives for the day and is clearly disrupting his peers’ coursework. His performance could have been about him as a player — instead, he’s made it about him as a person who, for better or worse, can’t control his public persona.

    Oh, and players kissing a lens? If I were shooting video and a player kissed the lens, I’d be furiously trying to clean it off. Not going to get a sharp image like that!

  5. ThinkOn says:

    So why don’t biggum united farm him out to lickle united? Everyone’s a winner!! He could swear to his heart’s content there and no one would ever know or give a…

    No cameras there to confuse the lad. Sounds as if he’d be right in his element at the likes of Worksop too; sounds right up his street.

    Don’t recall ever wetting the bed…

  6. Chris says:

    “As a side note, if he’d run up and yelled “I love you, mom!” we’d be singing his praises for being a respectable kid.”

    Really? If he’d done that I think I’d have been pushing for a two game ban.

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