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McManaman Deserves Ban – For The Sake Of Football

9:57 am, Monday, March 18th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

It’s really adding insult to injury when after the game yesterday, when Wigan manager Roberto Martinez defended the tackle made by his striker McManaman on Massadio Haidara that resulted in  a gruesome knee injury being suffered by the Newcastle defender.

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Haidara being stretchered off in some pain

But Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is confident his striker will not receive any ban from the FA, and this is what the Wigan manager said after the game:

“What you need to look at in those incidents is if there is intention, a nastiness about the tackle. We are not a nasty team.” “McManaman has not a nasty bone and is not bad-intentioned.”

“The referee was in a perfect position, he is looking at the incident, where the ball is and where the ball is hitting.” “When you get the ball and then there is a follow-up it is very difficult for a panel to punish that.”

“Callum and Wigan will make sure we contact the player and wish him a speedy recovery.” “You don’t want to see it (injuries) on the football pitch but unfortunately it happens.

“We have been on the back end of a broken leg with Ben Watson, James McCarthy has needed an operation on his ankle and Ryo Miyaichi is needing an operation now.” “Callum is just a young striker – unfortunately it was a poor tackle and enthusiasm probably threw him into that position.

It’s a little disingenuous to say you have to look at the intent of the player – the video replays shows it’s one of the worst tackles seen n a football pitch as the Wiggan player goes straight at the knee of Haidara – and it could have ended his career years ago.

The FA must take action on McManaman for the sake of football and for the good of the game.

Just think what message it sends if the FA takes no action – basically  they are saying it was a fair tackle – since McManaman didn’t even receive a yellow card from referee Halsey.

And that’s simply ridiculous – but there again we are talking about the FA, and they haven’t exactly  shown any backbone in previous cases like this.

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Tags: Injuries · Massadio Haidara · Newcastle News · Premier League

42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rainrix // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Even if theres no intention you should still be banned for the shear recklessness of it martinez.

  • 2 catchy in norway // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    if the ref was looking at and deemed it not to even warrent a yellow card, or even stop the game then i really feel the ref should never get another game to look after,, a young man could have had his whole carreer finnished before it even begun,

    i like martinez, wish he was our manager, but he has to think befor he speaks, no the kid might not have ment it, but he did it, all the same,

    i also think its wrong to say he should be baned for the sake of the game, he should only get banned because it was a shocking tackle, above the knee, with his studs,

  • 3 wynsleap // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    The way you’re churning out these threads this morning Ed makes me think, that like all of us you’re still absolutely seething after that match last night.
    The need to get it down on paper and get it off your chest is theraputic. We may all have calmed down before the team takes to the field next time out but sometimes I agree, it is really hard to take when you’re faced with on field thuggery and refereeing incompetence.
    Two things which seem to follow us around from season to season.
    Coincidence? I often wonder.

  • 4 Fridge // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    2 mins ago
    Tds i think i recall that from an article some while back. Believe it to be true. In man utd they hardly train offensivly But focus on defensiv. It works for them. Thats what solskjaer said a few years back anyway. Dont get me wrong i like pardew. But he needs to step up. Look at swansea. You dont need millions. You just need someone who knows how and has the guts to try it.

  • 5 magpie6699 // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    It grates on me to hear “he’s not that type of player”. Yes he bl**dy is! Just look at the challenge. Whether he’s nice to his mother and kind to wildlife is irrelevant.
    When I think of the red cards we’ve had over the years!

  • 6 Markaccus // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I dread to think of all the horrible tackles that will go in if the F.A do nowt. I really can’t see this going un-punnished. The only people who have defended it are wigan. Everyone else seems to think it was horrific.

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    face it lads wigan will get F.A coming to them from the F.A lol

    if the F.A doesn’t do anything about this it just shows there in it for the money and not the passion of football itself,

    do you lads remember the man u game when we got awarded the goal even though the linesmen or ref didn’t give it but moments later it did, they should do the same for handballs and offsides and just deduct the goal just before half or full time

  • 8 Rainrix // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Catchy… To be fair to the ref his view was blocked by mbiwa. It could have been a collision or anything that hurt haidara from his view. My issue is with the linesman as he had a perfect view of the incident.

  • 9 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    no ordinary ban either it should be a lifetime ban these tackles finish players off so a lifetime ban would sort this out

  • 10 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Martinez is wrong, but he is doing his best to protect his player!

    A ban would be thoroughly justified in this case, but,
    i,ll believe it when it happens?

    Their second goal and winner was just laughable!

  • 11 outsidethebox // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    rainrix… to agree if halsy was unsighted he obviously got no shout from linesman …again same for handball incident at goal …linesmen should be looked at ..
    imagine if tackle had been from barton many games ban ???

  • 12 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    how can martinez honestly say he’s not that kind of player it was his debut game ( GET IT MARTINEZ, DEBUT, MEANING FIRST GAME YOU TWAT) sometimes managers don’t really know what the hell there talking about these days, at least Pardew is honest and says he will have a word with his players about tackles example ( tiote )

  • 13 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I reckon halsey saw it rainrix so did the linesman and the 4th offical and the rest of the country saw it as well, the FA have to act they cant ignore it if they do there bringing the game into disripute if they do nothing and let this go they will be slated for it

    the solicitors at newcastle should get the local police to arrest the wigan player for assault if any of us done that in the street we would be arrested on the spot

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    Maybe a better choice of words than I bet he’s feeling cut up now !!!

    To be fair to Martinez he was interviewed in the heat of it. He strikes me as a reasonable bloke and I’m sure given time to consider it and see it again a few times on TV he will be pretty upset over it.

    It seems to be a manager’s remit to protect his players, no matter how wrong that is. Would Pardew have been any different with the boot on the other foot?

    As for Wigan being cheats some of the decisions they’ve had all season have been of Halsey standard.

  • 15 Neil // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Rainrix you do know that the linesman was on the opposite side of the field don’t you? The guy on Haidara’s side if you like can only come to the halfway line. Like the linesman should’ve seen the handball for their 2nd goal blatantly – as should Halsey.

  • 16 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    with our players going nuts about the tackle am very very suprised tiote didnt take the player out of the game one day someone will now hes a marked man in football the wigan player

  • 17 Rainrix // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    outside… Well there’d be an uproar if it was barton same with rooney and suarez :). On the bright side no ones defending wigan or mcmanaman, apart from martinez obviously.

  • 18 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    your right neil they saw it alright

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Like the Ed I’m seething
    What also F**ks me off that Halsey is local – comes from Lancashire.
    Most times we play in Lancashire local refs ref local clubs.

    Was Halsey the same ref that reffed the Man City game when Ben Arfa received the tackle from De Jong

    Also: Bet you that John Carver gets a longer ban than numbnuts manaman

  • 20 Toon1978 // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Wtf. Mark larwenson saying the ref did not see the challenge yet Martinez is saying he did see the challenge. Both defending that reckless thug. The press where quick to slate Marveaux for his challenge on the Anji player but when it is the other way round there are excuses galore. Spouting that he has no bad bones in his body and the ref didn’t see it. Wonder if certain folk would be defending the lad if the same had of happened to Bale or Rooney.

  • 21 ArtyH // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    @ rainrix/outside the box, agree but the punishment should be old testiment style ie he should not play again until Massadio does. That would set a president, also the F.A should fine the little bastard a weeks wages for every week he is banned for.

  • 22 Rainrix // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Rotonda… Yeah probably but you know what i mean. 😐

    Neil…. Yes im aware of how linesmen work and he was keeping up with the play meaning he had a perfect horizontal view of the incident and even from 30 yards he must of seen it was a horrendous challenge.

  • 23 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    halsey lives to local to wigan and this lands at the FA doorstep he should never have been the ref at all it should have been a neutral who was ref, I think its time all english refs where replaced by european refs for a season and see how it pans out

  • 24 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    when wigan handball it was only Elliot who appealed but fair enough our players couldn’t because of the position the ball was in, so the ref and linesmen must of seen this probably at half when they were speaking to each other they must be talking about there cheque going through.

  • 25 Thump // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    “Intention”? The lad’s career could very well have been ended because of that challenge. It’s absolutely disgraceful whether it was intentional or not.

  • 26 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    charlie am sure it was foy who was the ref when ben arfa got injured at man city

  • 27 Thump // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    @geordiemark: It was Martin Atkinson.

  • 28 Neil // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Rainrix wtf? You expect a linesman who is 30 yards away to give the decision when the ref is 10 yards away? My comment was not to start a row just I spoke to someone who thought the linesman was on that side that was all.

  • 29 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    thump aye it was him sorry charlie

  • 30 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    geordiemark-spot on mate i couldn’t agree with you more we should bring in different nations officials

  • 31 Rainrix // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Neil…. And yet you call me a twat when i was simply explaining my viewpoint? Really?

  • 32 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Intent or not it’s a disgraceful challenge that any pro would man up and take the ban for, especially given the damage he’s done to a fellow pro
    Had to be forced by Boyce to go and apologise, the lad is a coward

  • 33 Neil // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Not for expressing your view the fact that you give me a sarcastic response – “I’m aware of how linesman work”. Seemed unnecessary

  • 34 geordiemark // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    the thing what really annoys me the most is how the wigan player was reacting to what he just done, there was no sympathy nothing towards our player make no mistakes about it in football terms the wigan player should just stop playing football because to every single premire league player he will be a marked man from no on somewhere along the line he will get his just rewards

  • 35 Assam Toon // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Oh it was a horrendous tackle! Go tell that to the citizens when we travel to the etihad. Hopefully they will show us some sympathy. Its still one thing for us to talk about the tackle, but as a manager, pardew should focus on the disappointing performance rather than on refereeing. Had we played well and lost, I would have understood. Pardew gets delighted when he can blame the referee for one of his many many defeats.

  • 36 Rainrix // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    neil… If you took offence then i apologise, but if you come on here regularly you’d know im one of the most sarcastic people alive and i mean nothing by it. Regardless we all want the same thing.

  • 37 Toondog2 // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Who regulates the Referee ? Who calls him to task ?
    If the Ref is unsighted what are all the asisstant Refs doing . The 2nd Wigan goal was a farce and clearly handball yet gets given.
    unbelievable .
    I hope Haidera is Ok as it could be career threatening like Benny ,( whom I reckogn will never be the same again -too injury prone now) . But hey what do I know.
    AP needs to make an official complaint to the FA rather than just hand wring.
    Why are the Euro Refs seemingly better ??

  • 38 Neil // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    ok fair do’s. I was a regular but haven’t been as of late. Likewise – I call people twat quite often!!

  • 39 Owldman // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    The FA should be looking at all incidents that took place over the weekend the Pienar sending off for exactly the same sort of challenge, we screaming for years to get rid of this thuggery out of the game we all love so much, but still it goes on.They don’t tolerate it on the continent so we shouldn’t either , The FA Should come down hard on any players guilty of any such tackle , any coaches who condone this sort of play should be booted out of the game.Any Statement made by Martinez is laughable, he got a bit of ball , it is a contact sport he claims ! Yes shoulder to shoulder, not boot to kneecap.Shocking statement from a coach I did like but not any more.

  • 40 northernirishtoon // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I think the tackle has taken the attention away from what was another toothless attacking performance. We have been so bad to watch recently its driving me mad. I don’t think I’ve ever been as worked from watching us that I have been in this season.

    Fair enough we have been getting decent results recently but some of them by the skin of our teeth. These have glossed over what has been a team that really doesn’t look like scoring

    This tippy tappy crap along the back four, then tiote gets it and gives it away, is hard to watch

    I don’t understand why we don’t be more courageous and maybe press teams higher up the pitch

    I know santon scored from right and people might not agree withe here, but when hadaira got injured I immediately thought santon back to lb and perch to rb. But to put guti at lb and keep santon at rb was mental. Playing two players out of position instead of just one.

    Think this season has added 10 years on me

  • 41 Owldman // Mar 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Bloggers have been slating Jonas as being past it too slow , yet it was the same so called lumbering Jonas who sprinted from his own pentalty area to get in a block tackle practically on his own goal line while Taylor was still lumbering over the half way line , Steve should go up for corners & set pieces & stop charging upfield & leaving his other defenders exposed

  • 42 davis_toons // Mar 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    AN ASSHOle..Got to remind meslef of this sissy. He got the chance to brake but he choose to launch at him, haidara is a talent.

    The Asshole saw the ball was taken away by a Left footed player and seeing his chance of not getting the ball. He CHOOSE TO GET HIS LEGS!

    That Asshole Jealous of haidara being the BETTER PLAYER..

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