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Students’ mixed reaction at Rooney ban

By Sam
Students’ mixed reaction at Rooney ban

Students divided over loss of star striker

There has been a mixed reaction among students following Wayne Rooney’s three-game ban.

Rooney will miss all of England's 2012 European Championship group matches after being banned for his red card against Montenegro.

Uefa's disciplinary panel described the incident as an ‘assault’ at a meeting on Thursday.

"It was a ridiculous tackle for someone so experienced so he deserved to be sent off," said 20-year-old student Alana Leggett

"The three-match ban's a problem though as he'll miss the qualifying games where we need him," she said.

21-year-old student Craig Williams is not surprised.

"He always had that in him and once I saw him do it, I knew he was going to receive a red," he said.

"It's just annoying that he's going to miss all the group games for the Euros."

But other students believe the national team can overcome the ban.

"I'm not too fussed as there are quite a few other in-form strikers to take his place," said 21-year-old student Ashley Mills.

One forum user questioned the reasoning behind bringing a player banned for half the tournament.

"Can we afford the luxury of carrying a player for half the tournament who has no use?" he wrote.

"What happens if we do well in three games then he becomes available? Do we then change our set up and players to accommodate one player? What happens when that unbalances the set up and we get knocked out in the QF?"

The FA have said they will await the full reasons from the disciplinary committee before deciding on any response. An appeal may be lodged within three days of the decision.

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