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.
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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