Wednesday 13 December 2017

Watchdog rejects Rooney complaints

Wayne Rooney. Photo: Getty Images
Wayne Rooney. Photo: Getty Images

Sherna Noah

Complaints about footballer Wayne Rooney swearing into a camera during a match have not been upheld by the TV watchdog.

Viewers contacted Ofcom after the Manchester United striker was seen to say "f***" while celebrating a goal in the game, broadcast on Sky.

But the watchdog said that what Rooney said was "not clearly audible, and the camera cut away from the scene as soon as it became clear that (his) behaviour was inappropriate".

The commentator on Sky Sports apologised after the incident.

Ofcom added in a letter to viewers: "While we acknowledge that the broadcast of this behaviour during this match was unfortunate as well as unexpected, we consider that, given the circumstances, Sky acted responsibly and do not find grounds to uphold your complaint."

Rooney accepted the Football Association charge for using offensive language during the outburst as he celebrated his third goal in his side's 4-2 victory over West Ham - but not the automatic two-match ban.

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