Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FA Sees Off-Field Conduct as More Serious

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FA Sees Off-Field Conduct as More Serious

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THE FA has refused to make any statement on the reasons Bacary Sagna has been charged for the same offence for which Wayne Rooney was let off.

But M.E.N. Sport has looked into the background of the two separate offences to try to discern why the FA feels they should be treated differently.

Sagna has this week been charged with misconduct after a post on Instagram, later deleted, seemed to imply that the refereeing of Lee Mason in the Burnley game had made it "10 against 12" following the red card for Fernandinho.

But in 2009, Rooney received a warning about his future conduct after mouthing the words "12 men" at a TV camera as he left the pitch following a defeat by Chelsea, in protest at Martin Atkinson's handling of the game.

Many City fans have seized on it as a case of United receiving preferential treatment from the FA - which has brought a strong response from Reds supporters highlighting their own perceived injustices. …

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