Date: 22nd August 2006 at 10:54am
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Tom Farmer, chairman of the FA, says they were correct to ban Manchester United and England striker following his red card in a friendly.

Wonder if he could explain why Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Neil Mellor didn’t get the same 3 game ban then, they played in the same tournament (last year I think?) and had red cards, so why weren’t they banned? What has a friendly got to do with the Premiership?

Farmer formed a part of the four-man panel to look at Utd’s appeal and Rooney has now threatened to withdraw from commercial duties while on England duty because of the ban.

Farmer told The Sun: ‘It was a very experienced commission. We thought it was the correct decision. We would have treated a Duncow Dynamos player exactly the same as someone like Wayne Rooney. We studied the video evidence many times frame by frame. We also took into consideration submissions from Manchester United. There was no halfway point. It was either a three-game ban or nothing.’

It was a friendly, where has the spirit of the game gone? Also, his foul was only worthy of a yellow card at best.