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Should footballers get a ban for swearing on the pitch?

What do YOU think of Rooney swearing?

Wayne Rooney is appealing against a two-match ban by the Football Association for swearing during Manchester United's game against West Ham at the weekend.

We want to know if you think footballers should get match bans if they swear on the pitch? Do you think it is right for them to be punished?

Maybe you think players can do whatever they want as long as they win? Or perhaps you reckon that players should always face a ban if they use bad language during a game?

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are Comments pages on other subjects on the main Chat index.

Your comments

"I think Rooney should be banned because a lot of young people look up to him and they think he's great. So if they see him behaving like that, then they'll follow his lead."

Emilie, 12, Cumbria, England

"Rooney should not be allowed to play for the whole of next season as he has very disrespectful to football and the fans."

Bobbie-Lea, 11, West Yorkshire, England

"Rooney has tried his luck way too much over the years. He's a lucky man to have such success and he has mucked it up along the way. Swearing because he can't hack the 'negativity' is ridiculous. You're on national television and are a role model to young people. What a great example he is setting!"

Lucy, 14, Portsmouth, England

"If he's on camera then yes, I think he should be banned for at least 3 or 4 matches. But if no-one hears it, I think it's OK."

Tanaka, 13, Sussex, England

"I think it's a good idea to ban swearing because is just sounds horrible on the pitch. If you're a kid who is going to their first football game, then they don't want to hear people swearing and being rude do they? Rooney should be punished by not being able to play for two games."

Antonia, 10, London, England

"He should get a ban because he is setting a bad influence on younger kids."

Lucy, 10, Colchester, England

"Even though Rooney is a really good player, I don't think he sets a good example to kids when he swears."

Daniel, 9, Blackpool, England

"I think that he should get a ban because it's a bad example to set for children and adults. It's inappropriate and uncalled for. It will only encourage kids to make wrong choices in thinking that it's OK to swear."

Charlotte, 13, Norfolk, England

"I think it's beyond inappropriate!"

Niamh, 10, London, England

"I think he shouldn't have done it. If footballers swear on the pitch, it will get the fans pumped up in the wrong way."

Jack, 11, Northumbria, England

"I think it was stupid of him to swear on the pitch because young children will think it's the right thing to do."

Anna, 8, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I think it's terrible because what if young kids hear it again, again and again? They'll start using swear words won't they?"

Ande, 9, Hampshire, England

"I think everyone should be allowed to swear if they want to. Just because you're famous doesn't mean you should be treated any differently."

Joe, 11, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I think they should get a ban because it's a bad example for the kids who watch the football!"

Lauryn, 11, Birmingham, England

"We think it's very wrong to swear on the pitch and as it's a bad influence on kids. We also don't think it's good for kids to hear, and think it should be banned!"

Lia and Michaela, 10 & 11, Wrexham, Wales

"Yes, he should be banned for swearing."

Wael, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Rooney should not be allowed to play for the whole of next season as he has been very disrespectful to football and the fans."

Linsay, 11, Scotland

"NO! Did you know he apologised? He shouldn't be banned."

Jack, 8, Crewe, England

"Yes, because there were kids watching and they might copy him."

Millie, 9, Barnet, England

"They should be banned because lots of kids watch football on TV and they shouldn't swear."

Maria, 11, London, England

"No they shouldn't get a ban, but they should get a fine because they are idols and kids will copy them. Also, lots of famous sportsmen swear on camera so if Rooney's punished, they should also be."

Pepe, 10, Barcelona, Spain

"Yes, it sets a bad attitude to many of the kids who watch it. That attitude will be brought on by many other kids."

Sophie, 8, London, England

"No. Footballers can take the game personally, but that's because they want to win like their fans want them to."

Kyla, 13, Bradford, England

"He should not swear on the pitch because lots of little kids watch football on the television and in the crowd."

Natasha, 8, Berkshire, England

"Rooney is one of the most idolised players in English football. He said he was just showing his emotions, but I think what he did was a bad example for budding footballers and children."

Akhil, 13, Kent, England

"I think footballers should be banned for swearing because they are setting a very bad example to children."

Azka, 11, Berkshire, England

"I think there should be a ban on it because if there's a live football match on television, little kids may hear it."

Liam, 12, London, England

"Young children look for role models to aspire to, be it Einstein or a charity manager. However, many young children love football and therefore look up to a footballer to help turn them into a 'cool' footballer also. When they see their heroes swearing, it encourages them to copy. It's unfair."

Alecia, 12, London, England

"YES! I totally agree with them being banned because it's making football bad."

Ryan, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I think that footballers should definitely get banned for swearing on the pitch because it will encourage younger people to swear if their idols swear. It is disrespectful."

Rachel, 11, Dorset, England

"Rooney was stupid for doing this and he's setting a bad example."

Jebus, 13, Nottingham, England

"It's very bad for kids to see if they're watching. You should be banned for doing it."

Libby, 9, Bedfordshire, England

"I think they should be banned because it is not nice to swear."

Jodie, 11, Berkshire, England

"He should get a ban because it is inappropriate to swear anywhere, let alone on TV."

Oliver, 9, Dorset, England

"I think they should because if people like them swear it might make kids swear."

Ben, 11, England

"I think it was a silly thing to do but Rooney has apologised and I think this is a bit harsh."

Quinn, 11, Scotland

"Yes! They should get a ban, a lot of children watch football and a lot of them want to be like Wayne Rooney. So it sets a bad example to little kids if they swear."

Semra, 12, London, England

"Nice one Roon, really nice one."

Lewis, 9, Yorkshire, England.

"I think that footballers should be punished but only to a certain degree. It's really their own fault, so if they use foul language they should be punished and take responsibility for their actions."

Amber, 11, Staffordshire, England

"They should not be swearing, we understand that, but they shouldn't be banned. We're sure everyone does it in every sport. However they should be fined a lot of money - their salaries should be lowered."

Woodlands School, 11-12, Essex, England

"He should be banned because he swore. If he doesn't get a punishment he will think he can get away with anything, and it's a bad influence on young children."

Niamh, 10, Buckinghamshire, England

"Yes because it could set a bad example to kids."

Qasim, 12, Dundee, Scotland

"No they shouldn't get banned, everyone else swears. Just because they are footballers doesn't mean they can't do what they like! Anyway Rooney is one of Man Utd's best players and we need him in the team!"

Kayley, 13, Caerphilly, Wales

"Rooney went a bit over the top but I also think it is over the top to ban him."

Sam, 12, Nottingham, England

"He's a very very naughty man."

Ewan, 12, Oxfordshire, England

"I think that they should be allowed to swear but not down the cameras."

Calum, 12, Oxfordshire, England

"Yes, what Rooney did was inappropriate as he as is one of the best known footballers and a big idol to people. He swore in front of the camera and a lot of kids were watching, he is a bad influence to millions of people. Therefore he should be banned for a few matches, although he should be able to watch them! He had the right to celebrate but not to swear, especially in front of the camera."

Chloe, 10, Suffolk, England

"I think if a player like Wayne Rooney swears he should only be banned for one week because the Reds need him."

Nathan, 9, Suffolk, England

"Yes, they shouldn't swear because they are setting a bad example to little kids who will copy them, which their parents will not be happy with!"

Rhiannon, 10, Suffolk, England

"I think that children look up to famous footballers."

Felicity, 10, Suffolk, England

"I think they should be able to swear, just not all the time. Rugby players do it, just not that loud, they should just do it without letting anyone know."

Tommy, 10, Suffolk, England

"Football players should be banned for a month of football."

Titch, 10, Cumbria, England

"Yes footballers should be banned it is inappropriate and could have an influence on young kids. It is appalling as they are idols to so many people and loads of people copy footballers. I think it is unfair because children can get in trouble for swearing but it wouldn't be their fault. I think they should be banned for a couple of seasons."

Lucy, 10, Suffolk, England

"I think that footballers should be banned."

Katie, 10, Suffolk, England

"We think that footballers should be banned for swearing because it is a bad influence for little kids."

Jade and Steph, 10, Suffolk, England

"I think it should be banned because he's my role model and it encourages me to swear on the pitch."

Jack, 10, Suffolk, England

"Yes swearing should be banned!"

Aaron, 11, Essex, England

"I think they should because they need to set a good example!"

Olivia, 11, Middlesex, England

"Children look up to famous footballers and when they see them swearing they will be tempted to copy."

Year 5, 9-10, Neath Port Talbot, Wales

"Footballers should be banned because swearing on the pitch is not acceptable. Also, young aspiring footballers hear this and think it is cool so they copy them."

Sophie, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"They should get a ban. Even if England do not win. Swearing is very bad in front of young kids!"

Lucy, 9, Somerset, England


Kelvin, 12, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"Yes! They set a bad example to young kids."

Seth, 13, Powys, Wales

"I think they should. But in some cases they shouldn't - if someone has hurt them they can't help swearing!"

Thomas, 12, UK