London: Manchester United Wayne Rooney has admitted a charge of using abusive language during last week's win over West Ham but has appealed against a two-match ban, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
Rooney was hit with disciplinary proceedings by the Football Association on Monday after an expletive-laden tirade directed at a television camera during the 4-2 win at West Ham last weekend.
The charge carries a two-match suspension - ruling the England striker out of United's FA Cup semi-final duel with Manchester City later this month.
However, Rooney has challenged the severity of his likely punishment and his case will be heard on Wednesday, the FA confirmed.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to be drawn on the Rooney case when quizzed by journalists at a press conference in London on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea.
"We have nothing to say about that. I am not going to discuss it at all," he said. "We have submitted our case."