Wayne Rooney sealed his second-half hat trick with a perfectly placed penalty to put Man United up 3-2 over West Ham on their way to 4-2 win on Saturday. As he noticed the TV camera get up in his face while he celebrated with his teammates, Rooney looked directly at the viewers at home and growled, "F***ing what! What! F*** you," in a release of defiant aggression and vindication (video here).
Well, as Didier Drogba learned after he famously shouted, "It's a f***ing disgrace" at the TV camera following Chelsea's dubious elimination from the Champions League in 2009, that kind of surprise for the viewing public tends to be frowned upon. So Manchester United were quick to put out an apology with Rooney's name on it to try and avoid any Drogba-like backlash. From Sky Sports:
He said: "I want to apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my goal celebration, especially any parents or children that were watching.
"Emotions were running high and on reflection my heat-of-the-moment reaction was inappropriate. It was not aimed at anyone in particular."
It is understood that taking action over a player swearing into a camera may be unprecedented, but the FA's rules do appear to have a provision about such behaviour.
They state: "A participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour."
A spokesman for the FA has already told the Press Association that they will look at the incident and that "We obviously don't condone foul and abusive language."
You'd think Wayne would already know to bite his tongue when he feels like saying something ragey into a camera after his sarcastic remark about England fans at the World Cup caused such a bother, but apparently not.
Anyway, I think it's time Rooney and Drogba get their own television show where they just take turns shouting abuse into the camera.