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Neville: FA are inconsistent

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Gary Neville has accused the FA of being "reactive and very inconsistent" in their handling of the Wayne Rooney swearing scandal.

Rooney begins a two-match ban when he sits out Manchester United's Premier League encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday.The 25-year-old will also miss next weekend's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley as punishment for his four-letter outburst at West Ham last Saturday.

"The FA are very reactive and very inconsistent with their reactions," Neville said. "There is no rule in place that says swearing on camera brings you a two-match ban. This week, they have created one. Now they must make sure they continue that moving forward."

He added: "Everybody caught swearing on camera will have to be banned for two matches."

In 2006, after Neville had been fined £5,000 for his excessive celebrations of a match-winning goal against Liverpool, he claimed the FA were trying to take the emotion out of football, believing the governing body wanted matches to be played by "robots".

He is still of that view now, even though he feels asking for restraint is impossible.

"For the last 20 years my grandma has told me that she has caught me swearing on camera," said Neville. "It happens 20 times in every match. I cannot understand why this time makes a difference.

"You cannot take the emotion out of football. The spur of the moment. The instinct. The release. The reaction. That is life. Some people cry, some people kiss, some people scowl. With most, if they are scoring a goal in the last minute to win a match, they have no idea how they are going to react.

"In the European Cup final when Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) scored, I just laid on the floor. That was not normal for me. I used to run and flail my arms at people.

"You can't remove the human element and the passion and emotion. "They (the FA) want football players to remember their working class roots, then when they show some level of emotion that means that they care, they get knocked for it. That is the bit I could never understand."

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Fulham
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Manchester City
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Wayne Rooney
Gary Neville
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