Pulis joins Dalglish in questioning the FA’s appeal of Rooney ban

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has accused the FA of double standards following their appeal of Wayne Rooney's Euro 2012 ban

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Pulis has echoed Dalglish's sentiments Photo: Andrew Stuart / Staffordshire University

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Tony Pulis believes Kenny Dalglish was right to criticise the Football Association for setting a bad example by appealing Wayne Rooney’s Euro 2012 ban.

The England striker’s suspension was reduced to two games on appeal by Uefa on Thursday, meaning he can now play in the national side’s final European Championship group game against co-hosts Ukraine in June.

But Stoke City boss Pulis feels that if a similar situation arose in the Premier League the FA would not be so lenient.

“I totally agree with him [Dalglish],” said Pulis. “It is not as if it was a 50-50 challenge or it was mis-timed, he [Rooney] has actually booted someone from behind.

“It would be interesting to see if a player from an English club actually went and appealed on a similar incident what the FA would have done – I think that is the point Kenny is trying to make.

“I don’t think it would have been rescinded. I don’t think it sets a precedent but it is almost a situation where the FA have worked the system and the system has worked for them.”

Liverpool and Luis Suárez were both charged by the FA following incidents during the Reds’ 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Monday, prompting Dalglish to hit out at English football’s governing body during a news conference on Thursday.

“I find it a bit strange The FA are supposed to be setting an example for things yet they appeal against Wayne Rooney’s ban,” said the Liverpool boss. “I don’t think that’s a good example to set.”

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