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Uefa has banned Wayne Rooney for all three group matches at Euro 2012 next summer after he was sent off in England 2-2 draw with Montenegro last Friday.

Uefa’s disciplinary panel found the England forward guilty of kicking out at the Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic.

“The striker will now be suspended from playing in his country’s next three Uefa national competition matches for which he would be eligible,” Uefa said in a statement.

Rooney, who did not attend the hearing, can appeal and appear in his own defence at a later date. The expected appeal is likely to be heard before England find out their Euro 2012 group opponents on 2 December when the draw is made in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Rooney wrote a mitigation letter to Uefa, who also weighed the referee Wolfgang Stark’s report. Stark had praised Rooney for showing no dissent after his dismissal and the Football Association hoped Uefa would see the offence as resulting from frustration rather than malice.

England and Rooney also hoped Uefa would impose the same two-match ban they gave the Russia forward Andrey Arshavin ahead of Euro 2008. Arshavin was sent off for violent conduct in the 84th minute of a decisive qualifier against Andorra in November 2007. Russia won 1-0 to advance at the expense of England. Arshavin sat out Russia’s first two matches before leading the team to the semi-finals.

The FA said in advance that it would appeal against any ban that Rooney received.

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