Premier League managers criticise FA after Rooney appeal

London: Harry Redknapp and David Moyes became the latest Premier League managers to round on the English FA on Friday in the aftermath of their appeal against Wayne Rooney`s Euro 2012 ban.

Redknapp said the FA`s stance had "opened up a can of worms" while Moyes described his experience of the governing body`s appeals process as a "kangaroo court".

Kenny Dalglish said on Thursday the FA had failed to set an example in appealing the England striker`s suspension.

Rooney, who was banned for kicking out at Montenegro`s Miodrag Dzudovic in a qualifying match, had his three-game suspension reduced to two by UEFA on Thursday following a successful appeal from the FA.

"For them to get it from three to two, it opens up a can of worms," Tottenham manager Redknapp told reporters.

"There will be clubs appealing against bans and they will want to know why they aren`t getting it cut from three to two for similar situations.”

"People will look at it and think, `Hang on, the FA have gone and appealed against his red, why can`t we?`"

Everton manager Moyes contrasted the Rooney situation with his experience of appeals to the FA.

"You should see us when we try to appeal - it`s absolute murder," he said.

"I`ve got to say, the times that I have been in front them, it`s like a kangaroo court, you`ve got no chance."

In response to Dalglish`s criticism, the FA released a statement defending their decision to appeal on the grounds that UEFA`s disciplinary system was different to theirs.

"The FA`s system allows clubs to make a claim of wrongful dismissal - to reduce a sanction to zero - or appeal the severity of a sanction, both of these processes are dealt with prior to the player`s next fixture," the FA said.

"UEFA chooses to operate a different process for European matches, based on a sliding scale, under which each sanction is determined individually by a disciplinary panel."

Bureau Report

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