European football governing body UEFA has banned English striker Wayne Rooney for three competitive matches after kicking Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic in a 2-2 draw in a Euro2012 qualifier in Podgorica on Friday a week ago.
This means that Wayne Rooney would miss all three of England's group stage matches at next years 2012 European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine. England coach Fabio Capello now has to consider what to do, if to take Rooney along and gamble that England will get through the group stages or another striker whom he could utilise if the need be during the group stage.
Not surprisingly the reactions from England and around Europe have been different. While in England many have questioned the decision, in Europe the issue often not a tpic at all and many after seeing the foul say it is a correct decision by UEFA and the English should blame Rooney for what he did.
Interestingly in the English Premier League the punishment for violent conduct is an automatic three-match ban. At UEFA a panel reviews such an incident and then takes a decision about suspensions.
For the Three Lions and their fans this is a disaster as it does weaken the team at Euro2012.