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Rooney appeal not frivolous - Bramhall
Published : 06 Apr 2011 09:00:04
Professional Footballers' Association deputy chief executive John Bramhall does not believe Wayne Rooney is at risk of having his two-match ban increased by appealing against the punishment imposed for his four-letter tirade at Upton Park on Saturday.Knowing that Rooney will be free to face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 16 if successful, Manchester United have decided to challenge the penalty after the player admitted his guilt.And such is the nature of the case, Bramhall is confident Rooney will not suffer any further penalty."If he is unsuccessful in his appeal the commission could look on the case as not being truly exceptional," said Bramhall. "But from my experience, the circumstances surrounding his case are unprecedented and therefore you would say it was truly exceptional."A three-man panel will assess the merits of United's submissions today and, out of respect to the Old Trafford club's preparations for the clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, are not expected to make their conclusions public until Thursday.