Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has lost his appeal against a two-match ban and will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
The Red Devils forward was penalised by the Football Association for his four-letter outburst into a television camera during the 4-2 win away to West Ham on Saturday.
England international Rooney had just completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot when he launched into his tirade during the live Saturday lunchtime showdown.
The FA punished Rooney for using offensive, insulting and/or abusive language at Upton Park and issued a two-match ban, and while the former Everton man accepted the charge he felt the suspension was excessive.
However, the governing body have ignored the fiery forward’s pleas and stuck with their original judgement.
“A Regulatory Commission has suspended Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney for two matches,” read a statement issued by the FA at 10am on Thursday morning.
“Rooney had admitted a charge for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language, but claimed that the automatic penalty of two games was clearly excessive.
“The Commission did not accept the claim and Rooney will begin the standard two-match suspension with immediate effect.”