Newcastle have just issued a statement on Massadio Haidara, and at almost the same time the Wigan Chairman David Whelan has come out and said he thought the tackle by McManaman in yesterday’s game was as clean as a whistle, and that can do nothing other than to further inflame the situation, from what it already is at the moment.
One of the worst tackles seen for a long time in football
Newcastle United have issued the following statement about Massadio Haidara, who was badly injured yesterday after a suicidal tackle by Wigan striker McManaman:
Massadio Haidara is undergoing a scan today (Monday), having been stretchered off during the first half of Newcastle United’s Barclays Premier League fixture away at Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
The left-back suffered a knee and thigh injury following a challenge by Callum McManaman, and immediately left the DW Stadium to head back to Newcastle for further assessment.
Wigan Chairman David Whelan, who has a long history of being outspoken and saying inappropriate things in the press, has certainly not helped matters today, by saying he thought the tackle was as clean as a whistle.
This is what he told the BBC today:
“The ball was there and McManaman went in for the ball and got the ball, as clear as a whistle, then followed through and they collided,” “He hasn’t gone over the ball. That’s an accident.”
These type of uncalled for and even incendiary statements are uncalled for – and manager Roberto Martinez also made some inappropriate comments about the tackle after the game yesterday.
They are doing Wigan Football Club no favors at all with these daft statements.
And now take a look at what really happened, as McManaman’s boot goes straight into Haidara’s knee – and tell me if it’s as clean as a whistle:
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