Rooney’s plea to UEFA over red card

Updated: Oct 11, 2011, 17:34 PM IST

London: England and Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney has written to UEFA in a bid to limit the damage of his red card penalty in Montenegro.

According to The Sun, Rooney is facing an automatic one-match ban at the Euro 2012 finals for kicking out at at Miodrag Dzudovic in the 2-2 draw but there are fears it could be raised to two or three games.

Rooney has penned a letter which will be part of a dossier of mitigation put together by the FA.

England boss Fabio Capello has also written to UEFA, while a DVD showing Rooney not contesting the dismissal will also boost the defence.

A decision on the length of the ban is expected on Thursday and, under UEFA rules, nobody is allowed to attend in person to plead Rooney``s case — including the player.

Capello is planning to leave Rooney out of the starting line-up of England``s five friendlies in the lead-up to the Euros.

But, if Rooney``s ban is restricted to one match, it could change his thinking.