Ryan Giggs surprised by Wayne Rooney suspension

Manchester United midfielder admits his surprise after striker's two-game ban is upheld by The FA

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Wayne Rooney's two-game ban was upheld on Thursday Photo: via Flickr - Ryu Voelkel

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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs admits he is surprised by The FA’s decision to uphold Wayne Rooney’s two-game ban for swearing into a television camera.

The England forward was charged by The FA after he swore into a Sky TV camera while celebrating his hat-trick during United’s 4-2 victory at West Ham last weekend.

Rooney has since been ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Fulham and the following week’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley after his automatic two-game ban was upheld on Thursday.

“I’m not surprised by the furore surrounding it because of the profile Wayne has got,” said Giggs. “But a two-game ban? I’m surprised by that.

“It had just never been done before [a player being charged for swearing]. There was no precedent and that’s why we were bamboozled by it.”

United are currently fighting for silverware on three fronts but Giggs admits the loss of Rooney for two important games could damage their title ambitions.

“Obviously it is a blow,” he continued. “You want your big players flying at this point of the season because it is big game after big game.

“You want your special players scoring and Wayne is in good goalscoring form. He is a special player.”

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