LONDON, April 7, 2011 (AFP) - Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has been banned for two matches following his expletive-laden tirade at a television camera, the FA confirmed Thursday.
Rooney will now miss United's upcoming Premier League clash with Fulham as well as their FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City on April 16 after an appeal by the club was rejected.
Rooney had surprisingly been charged with using abusive language after he swore into a camera following his hat-trick in the 4-2 win over West Ham at Upton Park last Saturday.
The charge carried a mandatory two-match suspension but United had appealed to have the ban cut to one match at a hearing on Wednesday.
"Rooney had admitted a charge for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language, but claimed that the automatic penalty of two games was clearly excessive," an FA statement said.
"The commission did not accept the claim and Rooney will begin the standard two match suspension with immediate effect."