Euro 2012: Wayne Rooney Receives A Three-Match Ban

Wayne Rooney, England

Rooney will be out for all three group matches at Euro 2012 next summer after he was sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic during England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro.

England striker, Rooney, had not been sent off for England since the 2006 World Cup quarter-final against Portugal, and at club level since March 2009.

He served a one-game suspension in the group stage, against Switzerland last June, after accruing two bookings.

Manchester United forward, Rooney, wrote a mitigation letter to Uefa asking for leniency - but to no avail.

UEFA determined Rooney had a clear intent when he kicked Dzudovic, prompting  the increase from an automatic one-match ban to three games.

The FA said in advance that it would appeal against any ban that Rooney received. Referee Wolfgang Stark praised Rooney for showing no dissent after his dismissal and the FA hoped Uefa would see the offence as resulting from frustration rather than malice.

"The striker will now be suspended from playing in his country's next three Uefa national competition matches for which he would be eligible," Uefa said in a statement.

Rooney is expected to appeal before England find out their Euro 2012 group opponents on 2 December at the draw in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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