It’s A Game Of Calamity Decisions We Want To Forget – Pardew


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 apdrew appealiong today

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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44 comments so far

  • Sheikh MagToon

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Only good thing to come from today is the fact that it materially increases the chances of the mackems getting relegated. Heaven awaits!

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  • Sheikh MagToon

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #2

    First first!

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  • manxpie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    rotunda but he says he got a touch on the ball now i’m sorry but even the super slow replays shows he got the SLIGHTEST touch he’d seen the replay no doubt imo he just used the old managers trick of sayin he didn’t see it
    i wonder if the bbc interview is different because there is absolutly no defending a tackle like that no matter wat age he is or if its his first game its a career ending tackle!!
    for a lad of just 20 and in this country for 2 months having to go through that must be terrible n i wish him all the best and for martinez to try and defend that in the way he did imo is shocking!
    and transfer disgrace is the right word
    also did you see perch’s reaction to his bad challenge thats wat you call class, apologetic and helpful where as that twat walked away like a coward!!
    if the fa dont come in to this then i hope the club put a solid case together because that player deserves to be punished for a tackle like that end off like!!
    infact i hope he has flashbacks of his tackle that makes him never put a tackle in again that ruins his career i just hope he ain’t ruined hiadara’s!!

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone up for finding wigan players on twitter and abusing them?

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #5

    ED – you cant use the words ‘wigan’ and ‘player’ after each other.
    ‘wigan’ and ‘thug’ would be more appropriate.

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  • leeb1982

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope macmanaman is on the receiving end of a career threatening tackle. Would like to here Martinez after that. Expect to be treated the way you treat others.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Completely agree with both points (this post and previous page)
    The challenge, simply put, disgusting, but the reaction? Cowardice in all it’s glory absolute disgrace no compassion or concern for hiardara at all and took Boyce to physically force him to his stretcher, no remorse and to listen to Alan smith prattling on about how the challenge affect him? Gimme a break the bloke came off because Martinez knew one of lads would take at any half chance
    As for tiote, what planet is this bloke living on? Absolutley shocking display from him, never seen a player gift possession in our own half so easily, would sell him tomos given the chance, none if this £20 rubbish just get rid because his head has gone completley one minute he’s carving someone down the next he’s rolling round like a right sissy and in between he’s consitantly failing to successfully make a single pass

    WWYCD
    Agree mate I thought pardew did very very well to contain himself during the interview, last thing we need is carver on a ban and pardew picking up a fine/ban aswell
    Mind I also thought carver did a canny job of trying to knock McManamam’s teeth out along with most the Wigan back room staff!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Does anyone else get very annoyed by the commentators constantly referring to these incidents as “controversial”.

    Just say “wrong”. We all know it was wrong, everybody knows it was wrong.

    “He was maybe fortunate not to be punished for that challenge” – Maybe? Punished? Bloody hell, it was almost assault, for which the kid showed no remorse whatsoever!

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Howay man am as angry as the next man but wishing career enders, ill will or abuse on others is childish

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  • NUFCarter

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10

    and santon scored

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #11

    death and pain to that little weasel mcmanaman!!!!!

    is that taking it too far?

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  • G

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Lads, lots of hatred on here tonight, yes there were some dreadful decisions made, the ref was comical, but abusing players fighting for prem survival? Hoping a pro player gets a career threatening injury? Lets wait to at least get his side out first, he might even apologise. It was a reckless challenge, yes, but I’m not sure it was intended to injure. Lets get the verdict, and leave the hatred to the Italian fans eh? Besides, the way we played can we honestly say that Wigan didn’t deserve at least a point there? I’m fairly certain we didn’t deserve three.

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    toonarmydownsouth
    I had to nip down the shops during half time but I hear Carver was a bit narked, how badly did he handle it? (Not a bad thing really hes the fiery one in the management relationship and Pards was looking after Haidara so couldnt keep him back)

    TDS
    Yes its annoying but its what they have to do really their job is to be unbiased and call the game down the middle so they keep it as even as possible on most decisions unless its a big club vs little club. Does our heads in but its how they are told to conduct themselves I have no doubt

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  • manxpie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

    and on the reffing i can see by the replay that the ref’s sight might have been blocked from a player which is fair enough but isn’t that why we have linesmen and the scream from hiadara was loud enough for the whole crowd to hear should have told it’s own story!
    the same linesman missed the handball on that side how referees and linesmen seem to not be held accountable for there performances is a disgrace aswell they’ll get payed today with no official questions asked which in a sport worth billions is a joke!!
    needs to change imo!

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  • leeb1982

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Hope it is his twitter account he just got a post off me. Coward

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #16

    @WWYC Well i will be .Do you honestly think a 3 match ban is justice for something like this? Them players do that knowing that they can get away with it. Infact there has been alot off cases were ive been watching matches and just knew for 100% fact there managers set them out to play dirty

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Why is it that when ever one of our players gets sent to hospital it doesn’t even result in a ban for the other guy. The little piece of filth should be banned for as long as Haidara is injured.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    @ kevymartins
    did that straight after the final whistle

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  • leeb1982

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #19

    G if I rob a bank and say sorry after I did it is that ok. After all I’m not that type of person

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #20

    WWYCD

    I appreciate that, but it’s not like there’s another angle to take here mate.

    It was a terrible mistake by the referee – I can’t imagine you’ll find one level headed man in the country who thinks it wasn’t.

    Hearing the commentators talking about how the tackle would have effected Mcmanaman was ludicrous! If he felt bad at the time he would have actually apologised, rather than just standing there shouting that he got the ball and spitting.

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  • G

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    @ 19 did you intend to rob the bank, or is it a misunderstanding? Crap example either way.

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #22

    kevy
    Is it justice probably not but its the rules of the game and thats how it has to be. The kid made a horrible challenge and he has to live with that we just have to hope Haidara is alright and that McManaman is punished to the full extent of the rules

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Philippe Auclair @PhilippeAuclair

    In France, on 7 March, Valentin Eysseric got a 11-game ban for a horror tackle on Jeremy Clement. Nothing wrong with retrospective action.

    Good ol’ France ;/

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #24

    TDS
    It’s one of those annoying buzz words they chuck around to make it seem like there is even a debate to be had, Yorke and cole had other plans and it seemed if it was up to cole the lad would be getting atleast a 10 game ban
    Intent to injure or not that “challenge” was reckless dangerous and just outright criminal the FA should make an example of this idiot seeing as we’re supposedly trying to outlaw these types of tackle for the safety of the players

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    The worst thing was poor haidara had his leg planted so most likely only one outcome off this 🙁 God I do feel for the kid came here to try bloster his career and become the best footballer he can be and in return gets done like that

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #26

    TDS
    Dont disagree but thats how commentators have to do it, level of complaints they will get from NUFC fans would be on par with the levels from the Wigan fans however its easier to defend against the NUFC fan complaints compared to the Wigan ones

    It was a horrible tackle, horrible reaction and a horrible (I hope) mistake from the player I am just happy Tiote/Perch didnt get sent off trying to avenge it (pretty sure Cabaye would of been if he had been on the pitch)

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #27

    WWYCD
    Well after he’d gone for the player he then went for the assistant manager followed by the 5 stewards restarting him then Boyce, McManamam again the 4 th official then apparently carried on down the tunnel at the ref and anyone in a 20 yard radius

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  • leeb1982

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #28

    G you should expect to b treated as you treat others so if that prick gets taking out at the knees and has his career ended then thats fair enough for me. My point was if I do summit wrong I expect to be punishe . Problem is in football there will not be a punishment handed down to equal the offence

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #29

    kevy
    I agree on that Haidara has taken a hell of a hit today and, I will be honest here, if he doesnt have something broken hes a very lucky boy

    I hope the kids alright

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Worst bit is a couple of weeks ago we were getting called thugs for apparently roughing up Swansea who were going down like we shot them every game this season our players have been getting subjected to rough house tactics

    Kyle Walker’s challenge on Gouffran was just as bad as the one today just Gouffran was very lucky he never got injured fair enough we have had a few this season with Colo and Tiote getting sent off but today was the worst av seen for a while oh yeah Valencia’s shocking tackle on Anita that went unpunished as well

    Haidara and Arfa injured long term god that was potentially our left hand side next season hope they come back to full health

    Question is now what the hell do we do?!?People say Tiote is coming back to form no he isn’t this is the best he is going to play he is not a ball playing midfielder this is him at his best stop thinking he is better than he is and when people go on about Wigan’s pass and move style we actually don’t have the players in our team to play that way Jonas and Tiote especially hold onto the ball far too long and can rarely make accurate passes

    Just got to pray Cabaye and Debuchy are not out for too long as we need a couple of more wins to be safe but this could seriously affect our Europa chances as Haidara would have been playing left back not really keen on Simpson playing

    Also when the hell is Colo back?!?Taylor cant keep playing games 100% commitment the way he has been he will not last till the end of the season

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #31

    toonarmydownsouth
    I do love Carver hes a real head case, not sure hoe good of a coach he is but by christ hes good to have around then ur backs against the wall. Is he banned from the dug out for the next game then?

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    I know people criticise simspon
    but the lad can have a good game, as he has in the Europa games hes played in.
    beggers cant be choosers

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Massadio Haidara:
    Newcastle United fear knee
    ligament damage – BBC

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #34

    theres no doubt how good of a coach carver is IMO

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  • manxpie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #35

    tads exactly it annoys me wen people say there was no intension it doesn’t matter, i bet that every player including that twat would never want that tackle made on themselves which is obvious but thats the actual point!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #36

    WWYCD
    Yeah guess he is not sure but is this the second time he’s been sent off this season? Seem to remember him and woodman getting sent off

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #37

    toonarmydownsouth
    Aye pretty sure ur right not sure of the game (maybe the Mackems?) but I reckon both got sent to the stands at half time, could be a longer ban and maybe a fine

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  • mot7

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Even if they did go down to 10 men we would not have been good enough to win they out passed us and out fought us .
    We dont dominate teams and we have a real lack of fight .

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Another case where the cameras should be used to determine flashpoint decisions on the spot.
    McManaman and Martinez are both a disgrace and the player should be banned for the rest of the season and beyond..
    That tackle looked like a career threatening one it was so bad and if that were to happen, God forbid, I would hope the club and the full back himself sue the player for every penny he had.
    Really is time this crap was removed from our national game.

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  • toontom

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Has anyone got any info of when the toon vs scum tickets go on sale?

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