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Rooney Given 3-Match Ban by UEFA for Red Card Against Montenegro

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Wayne Rooney will be banned for all England’s group matches at next year’s European Championship after receiving a three-match suspension following his red card against Montenegro on Oct. 7.

The 25-year-old Manchester United player will miss “his country’s next three UEFA national competition matches for which he would be eligible,” European soccer’s governing body said in a statement today.

Rooney was dismissed after kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw in Podgorica, Montenegro. England coach Fabio Capello called it a “silly mistake.”

England’s Football Association said it will “await the full reasons” behind UEFA’s decision before deciding whether to appeal, or make any further public comment. An appeal must be lodged within three days of receipt of the full ruling.

Rooney has scored 28 goals for England, more than any player in its most recent squad. Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent, Ashley Young and Rooney all scored three goals for England in Euro 2012 qualifying.

--Editor: Christopher Elser

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