London: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney who  accepted the  Football Association’s charge for using abusive language into a television camera will challenge the severity of his two-match ban.

 In United's victory over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, Rooney scored a rapid-fire hat trick before swearing into the camera during the goal celebrations.

"Rooney has admitted a charge for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language," the FA said in a statement.

"However, Rooney has submitted a claim that the automatic penalty of two games is clearly excessive. A commission will hear the submission tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Gordon Taylor,the chief executive of the players' union, has questioned the FA's decision to charge Rooney.

"Whilst the use of foul and abusive language is not condoned, there is an acceptance by all parties within the game that 'industrial language' is commonly used," Taylor said.

"It becomes an issue when directed towards match officials. However, when used in a spontaneous way in celebration or frustration then it is not normally expected to merit a sanction”.

(Agencies)