The referring decisions in some of the Premier League games these days are getting dubious at best, and Newcastle were on the wrong side of a number of poor decisions by Mark Halsey and his team today – with there being an obvious hand-ball before Wigan scored their dramatic winner on 90 minutes, and a simply disgusting tackle by McManaman on Haidara after 22 minutes, that ended up with Massadio being very badly injured, and taken off on a stretcher, and McManaman didn’t even receive a yellow card.
Alan Pardew appealing today
So we don’t know if there will be any review of these decisions today – probably not – but these referees surely must become more accountable for the dubious decisions they are making in the Premier League these days.
This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Sport after the game:
“It was an awful tackle by Callum McManaman.” “I have got a boy going to hospital and that’s a worse feeling than losing.” “It looked a bad tackle but I didn’t realise how bad until it filtered through to us.”
“We had a game we want to forget because nothing went for us. It was almost a calamity of decisions for us. We felt we should have had a corner in the build-up to their goal. But I can’t fault my players, we’ll have to patch ourselves up and get on with it.”
“I felt we should have had a handball in their winning goal. Everybody appeals for handball and in that split second is the difference between us clearing the ball and not.”
It wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle lodge some formal complaint about the refereeing of this game – and especially for the foul of McManaman on Haidara, which should have resulted in a straight red card for the Wigan player.
But nothing will be done about it.
Not only did Newcastle lose this game today, but we lost two of our French full-backs through injury – Mathieu Debuchy also had to go off in the first half with as a hamstring strain – and Massadio had only been on the field eight minutes when McManaman injured him.
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