MANCHESTER UNITED striker Wayne Rooney will discover today whether he is to face punishment for his foul-mouthed goal celebration in Saturday’s win at West Ham.
Rooney shouted a stream of expletives into a television camera after completing his hat-trick in a 4-2 comeback victory that stretched United’s Premier League lead to seven points.
Football Association director Sir Trevor Brooking said the governing body would investigate the incident and decide whether to bring a charge against the England star today.
“Tomorrow there will be a decision,” Brooking said yesterday. “It is something we will have to look at.”
United, whose manager Sir Alex Ferguson is serving a five-match touchline ban for his criticism of a referee, released a statement on Saturday evening in which Rooney apologised for his “heat of the moment reaction”.
The controversy overshadowed an otherwise triumphant day for the club, who saw title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea slip further behind after both were unable to keep pace.
The Gunners failed to sparkle in a 0-0 draw at home to struggling Blackburn, while the Blues were held to a 1-1 stalemate at Stoke.