FIFA has warned all players in the World Cup that foul and abusive language will not be tolerated by referees during the tournament.
Wayne Rooney – needs to control his language
This news follows Wayne Rooney’s rant against the referee on Monday when he used the F word multiple times whilst playing for England.
Of course that’s hardly unusual for the Liverpool-born 24 year-old star, as he can often be seen telling the referees where to go during PL games, if decisions go against his side.
FIFA official Alex Stone has said:
“One of the seven cautionable offences in the game is foul and abusive language. One of the sending-off offences is actually an upgrade to serious foul and abusive language or making gestures.”
Rooney was sent off in the 2006 World Cup in Germany for a retaliatory foul on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-finals, but the English press amazingly tried to blame his then Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
But nobody got Rooney sent off other than than Rooney himself and he had better not do the same thing this time around.
David Beckham was sent off in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina early in the second half, and we only just lost that game, so England players seem to have a habit of losing their discipline in big games.
If England are to do well in this tournament, for a change, they will need to keep their discipline and also produce their best form when it matters.
We cannot say Wayne has looked anywhere near his best in the three England warm up games, but Ledley King and Joe Cole, along with new captain Steven Gerrard could be the big players for England, starting tomorrow, with an awkward game against the USA.
Unfortunately the US have a bad habit of producing their very best against the top teams, as they showed last year when they beat Spain 2-0 and had the better of Brazil in the final of the Confederation Cup, being 2-0 up at half time, only for the former World Champions to win the game in the second half.
It could be a nervous game tomorrow afternoon, for sure, and I’ll be watching it with some Americans – so we had better win.