Wayne Rooney has personally written to UEFA in an effort to limit his European Championship suspension for his red card in Montenegro to one match.
The striker was dismissed after kicking Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic during England's 2-2 draw in Podgorica Friday and will definitely miss his side's first game at next summer's tournament.
UEFA's disciplinary committee is set to meet Thursday to review Rooney's petulant kick 17 minutes from time.
The panel has the power to increase the suspension to three games, or impose a fine, if it deems the 25-year-old's kick constitutes violent conduct.
A spokesman for UEFA told BBC Sport any decision would take into account Rooney's record, as well as the referee's report.
"There are lots of possible sanctions going from a warning, to a big fine and three-game ban," the spokesman said.
"The disciplinary body then, based on the referee's report, makes a decision. This happens pretty often but depends on the situation and also on the past of the player - if it is a first red card or not."
Friday's dismissal was the sixth red-card of Rooney's career and his second in an England shirt. The forward was sent off in the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal in 2006 after a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho and a shove on Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, referee Wolfgang Stark's match report could provide a lifeline for Rooney. The German referee credited the England striker for leaving the field without protesting the decision.
"In the report it states that he left the pitch without contesting the decision," added the UEFA spokesman.
The FA will also argue, in a dossier that includes Rooney's letter being sent to UEFA's Swiss headquarters, that there was a lack of venom in the kick, saying it was petulant rather than violent.
The FA has said it will appeal if Rooney receives anything more than a one-match ban.