What a chaotic mess over Wayne Rooney’s inappropriate behaviour on Saturday night… with everyone blaming someone else!
Man United manager Jose Mourinho says the FA should have looked after Rooney more, Man City boss Pep Guardiola says he should have been more responsible, Rooney himself is now casting himself as victim in all this.
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Ultimately there is a very clear code of conduct drawn up by the FA for club England.
When it was launched Rooney confirmed it as “a statement of common sense principles and essentially serves as a reminder of responsibilities”. Interesting then that he has chosen to ignore this and the specific guidelines for a captain "The position of England captain is a privileged position which carries with it additional expectations and responsibilities (both on and off the field)."
The code also has on the inside front cover a note written on a red background: "Players representing England are ambassadors for their country and role models for younger players. The highest standards of conduct and behaviour are therefore expected at all times, including when players are not on international duty."
The FA have fulfilled their responsibility in this matter… it is Rooney who has fallen significantly short of his.
When organisations have clarity around expected workplace behaviour and have discussed the standards with their teams and managers, then it is reasonable to expect those teams and managers to exercise their responsibility in living up to them.
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