Terrible Injury Suffered By Massadio Haidara

Maybe the best way to look at yesterday’s game is that it was just if those days when nothing went right for Newcastle,  and we had two horrendous calls from referee Mark Halsey that seemed to hand the game to Wigan.

Massadio Haidara metalist

Massadio Haidara – suffered terrible knee injury yesterday

After losing Mathieu Debuchy to a hamstring pull after only 12 minutes, the substitute Hairdara was injured by one of the worst tackles I have seen on a football pitch, as McManaman flew at the Frenchman and put his boot into Massadio’s knee.

It’s going to be a bad injury and it’s going to be damaged ligaments or maybe as bad as an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) , that’s what Ryan Taylor suffered in August, and it’s a long road to recovery.

We can only hope for the best when the news comes through today (hopefully) of  the prognosis – but we’d be surprised if the 20 year-old impressive Frenchman can play again this season.

No yellow card was even given for the tackle, and we just have to hope the FA will look at it – and they should because the referee says he missed it – and apologized to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew about it at half time.

McManaman should have been sent off and Wigan should have been reduced to 10 men – as they were at St. James’ Park last year.

And then to make matters worse on 90 minutes, there was an obvious handball from a corner that was eventually put in by Arouna Koné after a goal-mouth scramble, and Wigan got only their third win at home this season.

It left Newcastle fans, not to mention the manager and coaches, absolutely fuming – and that was hardly surprising.

It leaves you with a sick feeling in the stomach and a bad taste in the mouth – but some of the refereeing in the Premier League is getting simply unacceptable for such a high profile league.

We’re left with hoping Haidaira’s knee injury is not too bad – that’s the main thing we are worried about today.

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22 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 18, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    It was a disgraceful challenge, but the mob on here last night talking about abusing him on twitter, and hoping he gets his legs broken ought to be ashamed of themselves. After all, inciting that kind of behaviour is indeed criminal activity. Lets all just calm down now and hope the FA take any nescessary action, not the angry mob.

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    The FA should deduct points from Wigan for both failing to control their players and unsporting behaviour! 12 should be enough eh?

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3


    i dont think santon is a liability at all,, i think we have a very young defender learning his way, he is being asked to do 2 jobs right now, is he a left back or left winger, he spends more time up in the other half than he does at left back

    and in my opinion this is down to 2 ppl, the person infront of him, jonas or goofy, just go missing or in jonas, he only wants to play around the half way line,,

    another BIG person to look at is PARDEW, both debuchy and santon are up in attack which leaves our 2 CBS exposed badly

    its now 2.5 years since pardew took over , he has got some fantastic players at the club, the best squad we have had since SBR, and still has no clue how to play them,

    we have been playing 433 since jan, but its the worst 433 i have ever seen, its so bad that our LB/RB get ahead of who ever is up near cisse,

    cisse himself goes deep leaving us with no options up front,,

    our bench was shocking,,

    im not a fan of willamson, but he has to be on there for cover,
    shola is no use to anyone, to slow, gives away far to many fouls, it should be cambell,
    not in a million years is perch close to Anita as a player, yet perch got on before Anita,,

    YES the ref was shocking, and i hope the FA look at the game and see he missed 2 very big things, but this should not detract from the overall performance from our team, which was poor, AGAIN

    for me this is like last season,, ppl being blinded by ground out results, last minut winners, stand back and look at the whole game, how we play, and no one can be impressed

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Even if some people try to excuse halsey what the hell were the linesmen doing for both the foul and the handball, only a few yards away?

  • G

    Mar 18, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    lesh @ 2 – Not sure if Carver’s behaviour at half time would be classed as ‘Sporting behaviour’ either (Although I would probably call it justified!). Might backfire on us that one.

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    The BBC are saying that McManaman got a slight touch before following through. Let’s get this right and say that the ball hit him after Haidara played it. Quite a difference I’d say.

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Bad day at the office. The challenge was disgusting but he’ll get a 3 match ban and nothing more. That’s the rules, if it were any of our players they would get the same. The winning goal is a joke and the ref had a nightmare but we have to learn from it, every team gets their bits of good luck and bad luck, this season we’ve had more bad but last we had more good. Look on the bright side, next season should be a blinder.

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Emotionally driven high spirits G, that’s all Carver showed when trying to have a gentlemanly discussion with Macamanamn, that’a all.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9


    That’s fair enough, but if you look at the look of contorted aggression on McManaman’s face, he knew exactly what he was doing. I’m not condoning being as bad as him but you can appreciate feelings were justifiably running very high and let’s face it going on the FA’s record the punishment will certainly be nowhere near what fits the crime.

    Catchy NUFC under Pardew is a hard watch as with our type of players we should be far more free-flowing and dominating, but expansive football is not his bag as he admits and if we somehow can do something in the Europa league, I’m sure not many people will care.

    Just praying for the young lad now.

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Can we take it you’re calling for Pardew’s head then Catchy? If so, grow up!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    As for there first goal I think that Elliot should of come and collected the ball as it was crossed from the bye-line into the six yard box.

    Also being picky – should the Wigan player that handled the ball after the Hiadara tackle not be booked or sent off for a deliberate hand ball

  • Rainrix

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    On the bright side we have a couple of weeks to calm down and regroup, hopefully none of our french lads take part in the internationals.

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Agreed Charlie. Relegation to the 3rd tied should be punishment enough!

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #14

    • tied = tier

  • blew

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #15

    I will be very disappointed if Mr Ashley does not pursue this thug through the civil courts.

  • Benji84

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #16

    If nothing happens i be really upset. The whole De Jong and he got away with his with benny! Just wish we could knicked it at the end and piss them off.

  • FrankfurtMag

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Absolutely disgusting tackle. He got the ball “slightly” by mistake. He went in to hurt him. What a horrible player.


  • Fridge

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    I am also losing my patience with pardew i am sorry to say. It dont matter how many purple players you have when the man in charge dont know how to use them. I honestly do feel that if pardew let his players have a go and had equal amount Of training on attacking aswell as defensive duties, we could be fantastic to watch. Now however we train four days on defensive work and only one attacking work. Quite the opposite Of Arsenal who nearly never do defensive sessions in training, not that that is the way to go either.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #19

    @lesh – 10
    thats exactly what he is doing

  • AusMagpie

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Read somewhere that the official from last night was the same official from the Newcastle-City match that Ben Arfa had his leg broken in.

  • geordiemark

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    there was no way the wigan player was going for the ball, look at his eyes there fixed on the lads knee you can see it a mile away he intended harm thats for sure

    if I was newcastle solicitors first id have the wigan player arrested for assault then id issue wigan with the medical bills, loss of earnings by the player over how long the poor lad be injured as for the ref and linesmen and the 4th offical well id make sure they never get a football job again am still going mad about the whole game

    the wigan manager I always had a lot of respect for but the mans an idiot how can he say the player got the ball when he didnt see the tackle is the man a complete tool and backing his player up yeah hes bound to do that but lets get something straight here the ref should never ref another newcastle match at st james and the wigan player well god save you next season when yous are up here thats all i can say

  • geordiemark

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22


    that be foy then am sure he was the ref v city


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