Mour FA trou­ble

> United boss fu­ri­ous with na­tional body over Rooney neg­li­gence

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WAYNE ROONEY said sorry for his boozy night out – as Jose Mour­inho be­came em­broiled in another row with the FA.

The Manch­ester United man­ager is fu­ri­ous that FA staff were with Rooney at the bar in the Eng­land team ho­tel on Satur­day night and ne­glected their duty of care.

The FA will now re­view their pol­icy on how play­ers and staff spend their free time while on in­ter­na­tional duty but it is un­der­stood they are likely to ban “off duty” time be­tween in­ter­na­tion­als.

Mour­inho it is un­der­stood has no is­sue with Rooney but is an­gry his player was not shielded from guests at a wed­ding in the Eng­land ho­tel who asked him for au­to­graphs and pho­to­graphs – which ended up be­ing sold for pub­li­ca­tion.

Mour­inho has had fre­quent runins with the FA over the years.

Ear­lier this month he was given a one-game touch­line ban and fined £50,000 (RM275,000) by the gov­ern­ing body af­ter be­ing found guilty of two charges of mis­con­duct.

The FA it is un­der­stood have iden­ti­fied and rep­ri­manded a coach and mem­bers of the med­i­cal and back­room staff who were drink­ing with Rooney while also re­mind­ing him and Ever­ton skip­per Phil Jagielka, who was also there, of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It is un­der­stood Rooney will not be stripped of the cap­taincy how­ever.

In a state­ment the FA said: “All Eng­land per­son­nel have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be­have ap­pro­pri­ately at all times. We will be re­view­ing our pol­icy around free time whilst on in­ter­na­tional duty.”

While ac­cept­ing his be­hav­iour in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing was not ap­pro­pri­ate for an Eng­land cap­tain, Rooney is up­set that his will­ing­ness to pose for pic­tures for fans has back­fired on him.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, a spokesman for him had de­fended his ac­tions and pointed out he had not bro­ken any dis­ci­plinary rules.

“Wayne along with the rest of the Eng­land squad was on a night off duty. Rather than go­ing out, he chose to stay at the team ho­tel to re­lax and cel­e­brate that win over Scot­land.

“Dur­ing the course of the evening he was ap­proached by nu­mer­ous fel­low guests for au­to­graphs and pic­tures – that’s nor­mal.

“As he has al­ways been Wayne is happy to sign au­to­graphs and pose for pho­to­graphs and chat with guests and it is sad that one or two of them has sought to turn Wayne’s friendly na­ture to their good ad­van­tage.”

South­gate was asked about the in­ci­dent af­ter Tues­day night’s draw with Spain. He said: “The play­ers over the last few years have been al­lowed to go home dur­ing a pe­riod of time.

“They trained Satur­day morn­ing and again on Sun­day af­ter­noon and I gave the play­ers a pe­riod of time off.

“I am not aware of any­thing else but ob­vi­ously I would have to re­view it.

“There were lots of changes we made to rou­tines. Some things we felt, okay, we should keep the same and some I will have to re­view…or maybe I won’t have to re­view… some­body will have to re­view!

“I can­not com­ment be­cause I have not seen (the pic­tures).

“The only ar­ti­cle I have seen was this morn­ing (Tues­day) and I would have to say there were some def­i­nite in­ac­cu­ra­cies in that. I don’t know the rest, so sorry it is very hard for me to say any­thing.”

Mour­inho it is un­der­stood will not pun­ish Rooney and he is likely to start against Arse­nal on Satur­day with Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic sus­pended. – Ex­press News­pa­pers

Manch­ester United boss Jose Mour­inho and skip­per Wayne Rooney

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