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Rooney writes to Uefa to limit ban

Wayne Rooney is to plead his case to Uefa in writing as part of the Football Association's argument that the England striker should not have his automatic one‑match ban for violent conduct extended by the governing body's control and disciplinary panel.

Uefa's disciplinary department will meet on Thursday and discuss Rooney's petulant kick at the Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw in Podgorica on Friday. The striker was dismissed by the German official Wolfgang Stark with 17 minutes of the qualifier remaining and will miss at least his country's opening fixture at the finals in Ukraine and Poland next summer.

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