Monday, July 23, 2018

Wayne Rooney must learn from his mistakes

After scoring his hat-trick goal in Manchester United’s 4-2 victory at West Ham Wayne Rooney ran to a TV camera and swore into it.

The expletive was clearly audible and heard by every fan watching the clash on the television.


The England striker has now apologised. A statement released by Manchester United read:

“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.”


Just when it seems that he is maturing and growing into a more level headed individual he does something like yesterday. It may not be the worst offence in the world but it’s still something that will get him into trouble. Wayne Rooney just doesn’t seem to have his head screwed on right.


The 25 year-old is without doubt a talented footballer but with talent sometimes comes eccentricity. His personality sometimes overrides his talent. Unfortunately his situation reminds me of that of ex-England star Paul Gascoigne. He was one of the biggest stars of his generation but he also had an in-built self-destruct button.

I just hope that Rooney doesn’t end up like the ex-Tottenham playmaker. His demons maybe different from Gazza’s but he seems to have the same problem of avoiding controversial behaviour.


Rooney has matured so much in recent years that he is even being talked about as a future captain of United and England. This sort of behaviour isn’t likely to help his cause, although the latest England captain’s haven’t exactly been squeaky clean. He must start to control himself if he is ever to fulfil his potential as a top class footballer.


Rooney hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory this season but yesterday’s hat-trick against West Ham was superb. Unfortunately his display and three goals have been completely overshadowed by an attack of complete madness. His game is based on passion and heart but that’s no excuse for him to do what he did. Lots of other players games are based on passion but they don’t go around swearing at cameras.

Role Model

Every footballer is a hero to a youngster somewhere. They are held up on a pedestal and youngsters love to copy what their heroes do on the pitch. They are expected to conduct themselves in a certain way but they are only human and make mistakes. Unfortunately for Wayne Rooney he never seems to learn from his mistakes.


As far as I know no player has ever been punished by the FA for swearing at a camera. This incident will probably set a precedent, not that this sort of thing is a common occurrence. The FA could fine the England striker and if they do act then they could use Rooney as an example. With the wages Rooney is on he is unlikely to struggle to pay a fine.

The FA are set to examine the incident before they take any action against the player. Rooney is expecting a decision on his actions on Monday. Some spectators have suggested that the Manchester United striker should be handed a ban but that seems very unlikely. I think the more likely outcome is a fine. I just hope Wayne Rooney now learns from this latest mishap and becomes a more stable person for it.

Should Wayne Rooney be punished for his outburst?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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I think the camera was shoved in his face (well it was i saw it) and that what he did was good. If you dont like it, dont watch, but it seems some people obviously just cant take their eyes off manchester united.

elnaz sarbazi

hi dear man utd fans,hi wayne thnx for ur cool hat-trick on sat…in my idea what u did on sat was so good,it wasnt insulte,right?becuz i know u changed&you became a good boy&(a family man),i believe in you always&for ever,i do love man utd-man utd footballers&of course i love sir.alex fergosen…i wish i was there to encourage all of man utd footballers&dear fergi,i love david beckham too…thnx again&bye bye,say hi them…miss.elnaz sarbazi24 iran ,man utd’s real die-hard fan


David, yes he should be punished, but maybe only a fine and SAF puts him on the bench for the next game (em. . . in the EPL, cuz we need in the the CL). A two match ban from the FA seems fairly harsh. I didn’t take any offense when he swore because I’m like that on the pitch. I get caught up in the heat of the moment too.

Alphonse Manirakiza
Alphonse Manirakiza

Hi, fans and players, I don’t support bad behavior but i also dislike an injustice punishment. FA could blame itself since it never punished any and I am sure that Rooney was not the first. If it is a new law, FA could first put it in the air. I wish Rooney to awaken his quality of self control and he will make it. He deserves to be loved as he is.

OMG !! – a swearing footballer !! If the next thing is gonna be a drunk supporter, I’m quitting the game !! :-). C’mon, what he did was clearly wrong – no arguement there – but football is also a game of passion, so if people get offended by the use of harsh language, maybe they should start watching chess of floorball or something like that. A slap on the wrist, a fine or a suspended sentence would’ve been sufficient in my opnion, but a 2 match ban is way over the top. If you don’t want emotional eruptions like… Read more »

^^^that’s how you do it.

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