UEFA have dealt England’s Euro 2012 hopes a massive blow after they banned Wayne Rooney for three matches following his sending off against Montenegro last weekend.
UEFA’s control and disciplinary body have acted following Rooney’s straight red by German referee Wolfgang Stark following a petulant kick on Miodrag Dzudovoic.
In the aftermath of the game, his national manager Fabio Capello branded the kick a “silly mistake” and despite the 25-year-old submitting a letter of apology to UEFA he was always in danger of receiving a three-match ban.
A UEFA statement said: “The UEFA control and disciplinary body has today handed down a three-match suspension to England’s forward Wayne Rooney following his dismissal during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro last Friday.
“Today’s decision was taken in relation to the red card shown to Rooney for assault after 74 minutes of England’s final Group G game, the 2-2 draw with Montenegro in Podgorica.
“The striker will now be suspended from playing in his country’s next three UEFA national competition matches for which he would be eligible.
“An appeal may be lodged against the verdict of the UEFA control and disciplinary body within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.”
The FA have decided to review the decision by UEFA before deciding whether to appeal.
An FA statement said: “Further to UEFA’s decision to impose a three-match suspension on Wayne Rooney following his sending off against Montenegro, the FA await the full reasons from the disciplinary committee, and will give full consideration to the decision internally, before deciding on any response to UEFA or making any further public comment.”