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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Wayne Rooney suspended for swearing

Wayne Rooney was happy when Manchester United beat West Ham 4-2 on Saturday. So very bleepin’ happy.
Wayne Rooney, left, just before his cursefest. (TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters)

After completing a hat trick over the weekend, he swore into a pitchside camera and will be suspended for the next two matches by England’s Football Association. He has until Tuesday to appeal the suspension. (Watch a clip of the offending verbiage; warning: sensitive ears may self-combust. Or check out Rooney’s biggest meltdowns.)

Rooney was instantaneously apologetic, saying in a statement: “I want to apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my goal celebration, especially any parents or children that were watching. Emotions were running high, and on reflection my heat-of-the-moment reaction was inappropriate. It was not aimed at anyone in particular.”

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Does his punishment seem a bit much? Especially for any American fan who possesses the most rudimentary lip-reading skills or anyone who has watched Tiger Woods hit an errant shot. From the Guardian:

It’s not as if angry sportsmen are a new phenomenon. From John McEnroe to that scene in ‘Chariots of Fire’ where Eric Liddell gets knocked over, snarls a bit, gets up and wins, people have been channelling anger to good result. And Rooney is not alone in having been caught swearing on camera: here's Roger Federer doing it. Here's Maria Sharapova. Here's an angry shot-putter. Here's Harbhajan Singh swearing at Kevin Pietersen. Here's Serena Williams being defaulted from the 2009 U.S. Open for threatening to kill a line judge.

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