Ban a 'street fighter' for this? Strange.
ON Saturday, was Wayne Rooney a foul mouthed, charmless, snarling, angry young man in a Manchester United shirt? Yes.
Should he be urged to set a better example? Yes.
Should he have his wings clipped by Fergie? And be fined by the English FA? Yes.
Football cannot have it all ways. We cannot hail Rooney as a 'street fighter' of a player in one breath and then expect a dainty, garden party demeanour the next.
We cannot intellectualise or hold up his raw, working class credentials as the fuel to his talent one moment, and then hammer him for unleashing such traits in the heat of battle the next.
A ban? It's setting a peculiar precedent.