FA made to wait as Uefa delay explanation of Rooney suspension

UEFA have delayed providing the Football Association their written reasons behind England striker Wayne Rooney’s three-match ban “for another week at a minimum”.

The European governing body had been expected to provide the FA with the reasoned decisions for the ban – imposed on the England striker for kicking Miodrag Dzudovoic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro – by today.

But an FA statement released yesterday said: “The FA has today been advised by Uefa that we may not be provided with the written reasons regarding Wayne Rooney’s three match suspension for another week at a minimum.

“Once the reasons are received, The FA will determine on any appeal after discussions with Fabio Capello and Wayne Rooney.”

The FA will make a decision based on Uefa’s rationale, but it would be a surprise if there is no appeal, given that a three-match international ban would rule the Manchester United star out of all of England’s group matches at the Euro 2012 finals.

National team coach Capello last week dropped a clear hint that Rooney will be going to next summer’s tournament regardless.