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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Man Utd accept Rooney punishment
Wayne Rooney is sent off as Man Utd draw against Villarreal
Manchester United have decided not to appeal against striker Wayne Rooney's two-match Champions League ban by Uefa.

Rooney, 19, was dismissed against Villarreal last week for sarcastically clapping in referee Kim Milton Nielsen's face after being booked.

And he was given an extra game after Nielsen also reported that Rooney swore at him as he left the field.

The suspension means Rooney misses United's games with Benfica on 27 September and Lille on 18 October.

A statement by Uefa's control and disciplinary body said: "It is beyond any doubt that Wayne Rooney committed several disciplinary offences, notably by taking two yellow cards resulting in a red card, as well as by displaying unsporting conduct.

"As a result, it is appropriate to impose a two-match ban for the reported misconduct."

Rooney's temperament has repeatedly come into question and he was lucky to avoid being shown a red card in England's World Cup qualifying defeat to Northern Ireland seven days ago.

He is already suspended for England's next World Cup qualifying game against Austria on 8 October after receiving a yellow card in the Northern Ireland game.

Northern Ireland 1-0 England
07 Sep 05 |  Internationals


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