Football Player Suspended for Swearing

April 20, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. crucial (adj.) [kroo-shuhl] – very important or critical
Example: The final decision of the CEO is very crucial to this project.   

2.  swear (v.) [swair] – to use dirty and offensive language
Example: Adults should not swear in front of children.

3. rival (n.) [rahy-vuhl] –  a person who competes with another for the same goal or wants the same thing as someone else
Example: She is my rival for the company promotion.

4. criticize (v.) [krit-uh-sahyz] – to find a mistake or fault in a person, thing or idea
Example: My professor criticized my work.

Read the text below.

An English football player missed two crucial semi-final matches after swearing on a live television broadcast.

Football Association (FA) had suspended Wayne Rooney of United Manchester for two games after he was caught using foul language during a match against West Ham last April 2.

After making his third goal, which won them the match against West Ham, he was caught swearing by cameras airing a live coverage of the game. The broadcasters apologized right after the incident.

Because of the suspension, Rooney missed a home-court match with Fulham on April 9 and the most awaited match with rival Manchester City on April 16.

Rooney’s teammate, Rio Ferdinand, defended him on Twitter, saying that swearing cannot be completely controlled in football stadiums. Ferdinand also added that Rooney expressed sincere apologies for what he had done.

Meanwhile, Rooney’s rival team West Ham also temporarily lost its manager, Avram Grant after he was suspended for criticizing a referee during a game last March. Aside from paying fine for his actions, Grant would also miss two football games.

Follow-up (optional)
Use the question below to check if your student understood the article.

What is the article all about?

Viewpoint Discussion (7-8 minutes)
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Why should athletes have a good behavior?
·         Do you agree that athletes strongly influence young people? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         What other punishments do you think can prevent players from swearing during a game?
·         Do you agree that swearing in a sports match should not be allowed? Why or why not?

April 20, 2011