The English Football Association have revealed that it will appeal against Wayne Rooney’s three-match ban for the upcoming Euro 2012 games.
The 26 year old England striker received the punishment after being sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro last month.
If the ban is upheld the Manchester United player will miss all three of England’s group matches at Euro 2012.
The English FA said it “can confirm an appeal has been made”.
It now have six days to mount a case to declare before UEFA.
English football’s governing body had been waiting to be informed of the reasons for the ban from Uefa before deciding what course of action to take.
It received those on Tuesday and has now decided to go ahead with an appeal, although that option is not without risk because UEFA could decide to challenge the English FA’s appeal, which could result in further punishment in the form of an extra match being added to his three-game suspension.
Rooney admitted his kick at Dzudovic was “stupid”, but claimed the punishment was “a bit harsh”.
“It will be a bonus if it is cut by one game,” he added.
That view has been endorsed in writing by Dzudovic, and it is thought that will provide the central component of the FA’s appeal.