Dubious Refereeing Costs Newcastle Big At Wigan


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Newcastle have every right to feel aggrieved about the result of this game,  as a controversial 90th minute goal was allowed by referee Mark Halsey even though it was clear that Maynor Figueroa had handled the ball in the build up to the goal.

And referee Halsey also has some explaining to do related to the serious injury sustained by Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara.

Substitute Massadio Haidara was hit with a terrible knee high flying tackle by Callum McManaman, and the Frenchman had to be stretchered off with a bad injury to his knee and thigh – and it looks like it’s a very bad injury, and that could be the season for the 20 year-old.

Mark Halsey didn’t even give the Wigan player a yellow card, and there was some friction between the two sets of coaches,  and Newcastle Assistant manager John Carver was sent off at the half.

Wigan had gone ahead after 18 minutes with a soft goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint, when Callum McManaman crossed the ball from the right, and the ball went right across the goal to Jean Beausejour, and he was given time to smash the ball home from about eight yards out – and Alan Pardew will not be happy with that defending.

Six minutes earlier Mathieu Debuchy had to go off with a hamstring injury, and 20 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara had come on.

And after the Frecnh youngster was stretchered off James Perch came on,  so in the first 24 minutes of the game Newcastle had used two of their three substitutes by necessity.

The score was 1-0 at the half and Newcastle came back in the second half, the Magpies got a great equalizer and the Davide Santon’s first goal – and it was a good one.

It was a fast breakaway by Newcastle, and  Marveaux headed the ball onto Cisse, who then fed Davide Santon, who raced onto the ball, moved inside and hit the ball past Robles in the Wigan goal to make it 1-1.

And just when it looked like Newcastle would come away from this game with a draw and a well earned point, Kone scored the controversial winner on 90 minutes to give Wigan only their third home win of the season, and yet another defeat for Newcastle on the road, the ninth in 15 road games this season.

That final controversial goal also allowed Wigan to gain 3 points on Newcastle, and a draw would have seen us 9 points ahead of the third bottom side, but that is now cut to 6 points, so we are not out of the woods yet.

And we have to live with this poor result for two weeks until we visit Manchester City on 30th March – so it was not a good day at the office for Newcastle on a few fronts today.

Teams:

Wigan (3-4-3): Joel Robles; Antolin Alcaraz, Paul Scharner, Maynor Figueroa; Emmerson Boyce (c), Jordi Gomez, James McCarthy, Jean Beausejour (Franco Di Santo 79; Callum McManaman (James McArthur 58), Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney
Subs not used: Ali Al Habsi, Ronnie Stam, Roman Golobart, Gary Caldwell, Angelo Henriquez

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy (Massadio Haidara 14, James Perch 27), Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 67); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Mark Halsey



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39 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Martinez has just been on Sky defending McManaman saying he was just overenthusiastic and that contact was inevitable. What a disgrace, how anyone could defend that ‘tackle’ is beyond laughable. And saying he’s delighted that they had a handball in the winning goal, I actually hope they get relegated now. It’s always been amusing watching Wigan’s fightbacks every season, but this year I genuinely hope they go down after that.

    Also, apparently the ref said he didn’t see the tackle and apologised to Pardew about it. Surely that means the FA can take action against McManaman? As far as I know the only time the FA can’t do anything is if the ref saw what happened and already took action. I’m hoping he gets a long ban. They should ban him for the amount of time that Haidara is out for, that’ll teach him to attempt disgraceful tackles like that.

    The only sliver of good news I’ve seen today is our loanees Conor Newton and Paul Dummett winning the Scottish League Cup with St Mirren. Dummy got an assist and Newton got what was the eventual winning goal, so great experience for our lads!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Jesus christ. That’s our europa cup dream down the drain. So annoying when you’ve just signed a promising young player and this happens.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    If Haidara’s injury was really serious surely they would have sent him to a hospital in Manchester rather than sending him back to Newcastle wouldn’t they ? . I hope he is ok and I hope Mcmanaman breaks his leg the next game the dirty scouse rat

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #4

    HAND – BALL!!!! Figueroa!!!!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Cabaye and Debuchy better not play for France next week will be raging if that happens we were in complete control before Debuchy went off

    Could do with Sissoko not going either he looks totally shagged can see why people were saying he needs to develop consistency as he is good some games and terrible the others I dont think the no 10 role is good for him he does not have the touch or the through ball skill that you need

    God knows what we will do if Debuchy is injured means Simpson will have to go at right back for every game

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Davetoon

    Martinez isn’t scum. He said he hasn’t seen the replay yet. I think when he does he will be as horrified as the rest of us.

    McManaman is scum and Halsey is just plain incompetent, like Atkinson, Dean and the guy who dd City v Everton yesterday.

    On Sunday mornings you virtually have to kill someone to even get a yellow card and Halsey has just brought it down to that level.

    Kicking directly in to soft tissue on the knee could mean cruciate damage. I pray it isn’t.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe the tackle wasn’t deliberate, but it was high. Haidara will be out for a while.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Dubious? Disgraceful more like

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Big papa

    that’s what I’m clinging to

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  • Magpie Myles

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    That lad may have touched the ball a bit, but his boot was high and he put force in to that challenge. He may not have mean’t it, but it was a terrible challenge and should have seen red.

    Santon made a mistake and a goal so i say fair play in committing to get us back on level terms. The handball in the end was a kick in the crotch, but we got 2 weeks torest some players and get them back up to speed for the away match at City. We can stay clear of relegation with our last few home games. But I really don’t care about Europe. I think we still need a few more points to make sure we kill off our relegation chances.

    Frustrating day!

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  • Bambams

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #11

    repost………

    Boys just a quick one. I aint shouting for Pards head but how would you feel if Laurent BLANC came in as a coach for 3 months or so ?

    I think he is claiming Le Joeb Seccers eellawance in France (no intent in causing upset to those not working, just a bit of fun highlighting he is not at another club) so would probably be up for a bit of ‘envelope money’

    Thoughts?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #12

    kets

    the way he followed through was 100% deliberate. he could have pulled out

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    The ref was poor but not a cheat I don’t think.

    The standard of refs is terrible in this country. It needs to be made professional and a persons full time job. This way they there is more incentive to perform well and make a good call or you are out of your job.

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  • Byker Boy

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve watched some crap fulll backs playing for the Toon over the last 50 years and Santon is way up there with the worst of them.

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  • Bambams

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #15

    @Retonda Heights…

    Totally agree with your comment, he could have stepped through and not put the pressure down during the tackle. Had time to adjust, nasty.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda

    I think he genuinely went for the ball, don’t think he could have pulled out as the ball was close to haidara.

    The issue for me is that as a player you need to be aware of whats around you. By all means kick the ball like that if nobody is near but if you know there is even a 1 or 2% chance that kind of stamp could hit another player you shouldn’t be making it.

    I know it’s no consolation to us or haidara but you could see it really upset the wigan player, wouldn’t be the case if he really wanted to hurt him.

    It’s very poor tackle with no care in it but not intent to hurt I don’t think.

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  • leeb1982

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Comment 1 Ben- totally agree if he is such an idiot, prick, coward or whatever you want to call him for putting in a tackle like that then he he deserves a minimum of 6 month. And by that I mean season time so when the season ends his ban I’d paused then continued when season restarts. Halsey and his officials shouldn’t officiate another game all season and I hope maceffeing whatever his name is ends up on the end of a career threating tackle. Been scouse he could take up armed robbery

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #18

    big pappa cisse

    Depends on whether the treatment needed would be instant. I guess it wouldn’t so might rather have him back home with doctors they know.

    Also depends if he is seeing a specialist or not.

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  • NUFCarter

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #19

    i didnt realise we dont play until two weeks. need to recover, train hard and finish off with a bang to the season. HWTL!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    leeb1982

    Whilst I never want to see a person injured so i can’t agree with you there I think the rest is valid.

    I think that kind of tackle needs at least 10 games….if you think a tackle like that can rule a player out for anywhere between that game to 1 year then you need a ban to match the severity of it.

    I’d like to see 10 games at least for such horror tackles.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #21

    yeh we have an international break

    hopefully it’s time for debuchy and cabaye to get fit.

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22

    TRANSFER SAGE

    i was a bit out of control,,,now i cant watch toon play for another 2 week and i hope that nothings gone serious with haidara but our misery just crops on and on…..winning doesn’t matter but losing players really matters.now we lost haidara and what about europa league..? i strongly feel that we will reach the final but without haidara will it be possible..?

    and 1more thing is debuchy eligible to play against benfica…?

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  • NUFCarter

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #23

    ive actually liked the way mcmanaman has played in recent months but today i dont think highly of him at all

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #24

    YES the ref cost us a win today , however – away from home , won 1- lost 9. shocking , that is what matters , not some poor reffing today . pards just hasnt got it. the point is we only scored 1 goal. why? just look back over the season and theres your answer, so forget the defeat today, Q. why cant we win away from home? A, TACTICS- fault PARDEW. or who ??

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  • Abbott

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    When Mcmanaman is suspended retroactively… Mark Hasely must for sure be suspended as well… You cant do such bad mistake of that level and go unpunnished….

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  • NUFCarter

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #26

    debuchy is not elegible looks like its simmo or tavernier

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  • chiefone30

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #27

    That’s it, I’m done with the premiership till next season. I’ll watch champs league and the europa. Oh and I hope Wigan get relegated

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    l.aravind

    Debuchy is ineligible for the europa league so leaves us with santon, simpson or perch…jonas too.

    Not great options.

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  • NUFCarter

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #29

    who can miss a possible career ending tackle no one but oh coincidentally the referee the officials and roberto martinez!

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  • Jackel001

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Just like every Newcastle fan I’m sick with the result. Soon as Deb went off I had a feeling that today wasn’t going to be our day..oh how right I was.

    The challenge on Haidara was sickening, for Roberto to even try and defend his player is shocking, I thought he would have came out and said “I’ll deal with him” but suppose he hasn’t got the balls.

    I don’t expect to get anything at citeh, so it looking a tad bit gloomy again. Rather have premiership football next season than a trophy, just 6 points separate us from Wigan.

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  • dcdick

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Robbed by a useless ref & a shocking lunge (not a tackle) if that had been done to say… Rooney can you imagine the outcry there would have been. !
    The Wigan manager supposedly has a reputation for fair play but showed his true colours today. !!

    Too much money in what used to be a game but is now just a money making business run by shadowy figures.

    Time to show some bottle now Newcastle & get stuck in to the remaining matches

    Injustice just doesn’t go close….what is going to happen to this ref now ……… almost certainly nothing.
    The game is rotten at the core & needs sorting quickly before it’s just another version of American Footbal totally controlled by tv & product placement.

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #32

    but as far as i know he is totally cleared off to play for newcastle in europa….but pardew hasn’t selected him in the squad..now with a player injured(haidara) can debuchy come in…………….

    HE IS ELIGIBLE TO REPRESENT NEWCASTLE IN EUROPA COZ LILLE PLAYED CHAMPIONS LEAGUE …SO THERE”S NO CUP TIE..

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #33

    l aravind

    You can only register one player who has played champs league to play in your europa squad and we chose yanga mbiwa.

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  • Shinyscyther

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #34

    @Jacke

    The season does not end at City. I honestly think we are capable of causing an upset there too. City have all but officially lost their chances of winning the title now and they are far from unbeatable. If Pardew channels the frustration of today and motivates the players we are more than capable of grabbing points there. We also have a few more winnable games before the end of the season. I personally don’t think relegation is even a remote outcome.

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  • bzak12

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Imagine if Tiotte or Barton had done that tackle, if anyone is interested here are his twitter acc details:- Callum McManaman

    @Callum_Mac_15

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  • rwpoynter

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #36

    I can fully understand the feelings running high on the blog after this game. The tackle on Haidara was inexcusable and retrospectively he should be banned. That could have been career threatening and in my opinion was as bad as De Jong’s tackle on Ben Arfa, but it is very simple for us mortals with the hindsight of replays and several camera positions to be sanctimonious. Mike Halsey is in my opinion one of the best of our referees, earning a lot less than most of the 22 players around him, and if he wasn’t, he would not be refereeing Premier League Football. If he had seen it, it would have been a straight red card, and from the TV footage I have seen his view was blocked by a player. If he can’t see it he cannot give it. His answer to Pardew was quite simply recognising this and it was to Alan’s credit that he did not try to push him on it. I thought Alan Pardew’s interview was calm and controlled and he must have been mightily brassed off. As for the second Wigan goal, I have watched it several times but when I watched it live, I didn’t spot the handball and in a split second neither did the officials and they don’t have the benefit of replays. The villains in this piece are not the officials, but the FA who have refused to move into the realms of goal line and CCTV footage technology. They cannot go on expecting the refs and linesmen to go on taking the flak for their endless ineptitude.

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  • Shinyscyther

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    @rwpoynter

    I agree with the handball, I did not spot it in real time but it is not my job to. However, that tackle was obviously appalling. If not from the referee’s view then from Haidara’s reaction and ultimately him going off. It just looked awful and to not even give a foul is nothing short of criminal.

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  • Shinyscyther

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #38

    But yes, ultimately the FA is to blame.

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  • Footballwatch

    Mar 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #39

    If you wish you can watch the game’s highlights on http://www.footballwatch.net/team/137

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