Rooney’s ultimatum to FA on ads versus ban

England striker Wayne Rooney has threatened to stop co-operating with the Football Association's (FA) commercial deals in protest at his three-game ban, according to reports here yesterday.

London, Aug 21: England striker Wayne Rooney has threatened to stop co-operating with the Football Association's (FA) commercial deals in protest at his three-game ban, according to reports here yesterday.

The 20-year-old was banned for his red card in a pre-season friendly against Porto earlier this month.

Rooney's agent Paul Stretford has sent a letter to FA chief executive Brian Stretford saying his client "feels extremely let down".

He stressed Rooney's "dismay" would not however affect his availability as a player for England, but that the Manchester United forward was ready to pull out of commercial activities for the FA.

Stretford's letter reportedly said, "I am writing on behalf of my client to express his utter dismay at the decision not to overturn the ban. Rooney feels extremely let down by the FA on this matter.

"While he will continue if selected to play for his country with pride and commitment, he is considering withdrawing his support for the FA's commercial programme in other words, he will not allow his image to be used or exploited, or participate in personal appearances for and on behalf of the FA's commercial partners unless he is satisfied with how the FA conducts its affairs in regard to player matters."

Rooney was dismissed by referee Ruud Bossen when he caught Porto's Pepe in the face with his arm as he jumped for a header in the Amsterdam tournament at the start of the month.

Bossen sent his match report to the FA but United were encouraged to appeal and assured it would be dealt with sympathetically.

The FA's independent disciplinary committee, however, looked at the evidence and decided Bossen made the right decision and that the suspension should stand -- to the fury of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Rooney, and the dismay of new England manager Steve McClaren.

Bureau Report

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