Soccer Star Gets 2-Game Boot for On-Air Swear

Wayne Rooney getting 2-match ban for sweary goal celebration
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2011 3:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – British soccer ace Wayne Rooney is facing a two-game ban for cursing heard 'round the world. The Manchester United striker swore directly at a TV camera after completing a hat-trick against West Ham over the weekend and is now expected to miss the upcoming FA Cup clash with arch-rivals Manchester City, CNN reports. Soccer authorities have charged him with using offensive language. Since the outburst was broadcast live to 150 countries, Rooney's not expected to appeal.

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Fellow Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has spoken out in support of Rooney. "Are football stadiums 'no swearing' zones? When I take my kids to a football match I'm getting him headphones cuz swearing is rife!" he tweeted. "Newspapers and radio, come on, give Wayne a break. He knows what he did was wrong and he has apologized." (Read more Wayne Rooney stories.)

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