By Chris Harris
Wayne Rooney can feel hard done by over his Euro 2012 suspension, according to Arsène Wenger.
The England striker was sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic during last Friday's 2-2 draw in Montenegro and has since been handed a three-match ban that will rule him out of the entire group stage at next summer's tournament.
Wenger has sympathy for Rooney but, having been on the receiving end of a UEFA punishment himself this season, the Arsenal manager is not surprised.
“It looks harsh but I don’t know the rules well enough," he said.
"You don’t want to make an exception because it is anybody with a big name. I don’t know the rules well enough but I have experienced myself that UEFA can be very harsh. You have to accept it.
“The FA has to make a decision on the appeal knowing that they can be punished more. The maximum they can gain is one game but they risk getting one game more so maybe it would be wise not to do anything."
The debate has already started over whether England manager Fabio Capello should select Rooney for Euro 2012. Wenger is very much in the 'yes' camp.
"I am not in a position to tell Fabio Capello what he has to do but if you ask me my opinion I say that he should go to the European Championships of course," he said.
"You cannot expect your national team to win the European Championships and leave him out just because he misses the qualifying stage. That doesn't work well together. If you expect your team to win you have to take your best player even if he doesn't play the first three games."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source