News coming through that Newcastle United are considering legal action against Wigan Athletic and Callum McManaman, after his wild flying tackle on Massadio Haidara left the Newcastle left back crumbled in a heap on the pitch, with his knee badly damaged and blood oozing from the wound.
McManaman’s boot going into Haidara’s knee
Both Wigan manager Roberto Martinez and Wigan Chairman David Whelan have since come out and defended their player, but when you see the video pf the tackle, it’s one of the worst tackles I’ve ever seen – in terms of inflicting damage on an opposition player.
McManaman’s boot goes straight into the knee of Haidara, and if the Wigan player is not banned because of the tackle, you can throw away the rule books – and it would be like telling players you can do anything with a tackle.
The FA are looking at the video of the tackle, because the referee Mark Halsey told Alan Pardew at half time he was sorry if he missed it, but no decision has yet been announced, and in the past the FA have hardly shown any courage when confronted with difficult decisions like this to to make – they usually take the easy way out and say they cannot do anything.
It’s understood that Newcastle officials are furious with the comments made on Monday by David Whelan, when he said the tackle was as clean as a whistle, which was widely reported on Monday.
This is what Whelan said:
“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,” Whelan said on BBC Five Live. “He hasn’t gone over the ball. That’s an accident.”
Haidara was in an emotional state in the dressing room after he was stretchered off after the horror tackle, and was in tears and distraught, and it seems the damage to Haidara’s leg is severe, and there is tremendous swelling and bruising of the knee, and severe ligament damage is feared.
There is a precedent to Newcastle’s likely claim for damages, because Newcastle paid Everton striker Victor Anichebe a six-figure sum, in a settlement out of court,after he was badly injured in early 2009, by a tackle from Kevin Nolan at St. James’ Park, and Kevin was sent off for the challenge.
McManaman wasn’t even booked for his challenge on Sunday.
It’s not clear whether the FA will do anything about the tackle, and certainly they haven’t done much in the past with similar types of tackles, and apparently at least one of the officials at the game saw the tackle – how come they didn’t all see it?
If we were to take a guess we’d say the FA will come out and say there is nothing they can do, and they are not going to referee the games and undermine match officials.
If that happens it will only make things a lot worse, and it’s not about undermining officials – it’s about putting things right that were rather amazingly missed during the match.
What do you think?
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