Wayne Rooney appeal hearing bought forward

 

The appeal against England striker Wayne Rooney's three-match ban has been brought forward by a day so he can attend the hearing in Switzerland.

Rooney was handed the suspension - which rules him out of the group phase of the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine - after being sent off in England's final qualifying game against Montenegro.

UEFA had been due to hear the appeal in Nyon on December 9 but have agreed to a Football Association request to bring it forward one day so Rooney can attend.

Rooney will be in Switzerland on December 7 as Manchester United play a Champions League fixture against Basle that day.

The 26-year-old was sent off when he kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic which led to him becoming only the second England player - after David Beckham - to be sent off twice.

The dismissal brought an automatic one-match ban for England's next competitive game, their first of the finals, but UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body subsequently decided to increase the punishment, a decision which the FA have since appealed against.

PA

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