FA Lack Backbone – Take No Action Against McManaman


Well I predicted this would happen, and the FA have decided to take no action against Wigan player McManaman, after his terrible horror tackle on Massadio Haidara left the lad in a heap, clutching his badly damaged knee.

haidara tackle

FA take no action on this tackle – ridiculous

The door was open for the FA t take some action,  because referee Mark Halsey had said he didn’t see the incident,  because his view was blocked.

But the FA have just confirmed that the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials – even though referee Mark Halsey didn’t see it – and that means they can take no action.

Phew – that was a close one.

And the official who  saw the tackle thought it was perfectly fair?

This is the statement issued by the FA:

“The FA can confirm that no action can be taken against Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman retrospectively following his side’s game against Newcastle United on Sunday 17 March 2013.

“Following consultation with the game’s stakeholders [the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers’ Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the National Game] in the summer, it was agreed that retrospective action should only be taken in respect of incidents which have not been seen by the match officials.

“Where one of the officials has seen a coming together of players, no retrospective action should be taken, regardless of whether he or she witnessed the full or particular nature of the challenge. This is to avoid the re-refereeing of incidents.

“In the case of McManaman, it has been confirmed that at least one of the match officials saw the coming together, though not the full extent of the challenge. In these circumstances retrospective action cannot be taken. The principal objective behind the not seen policy is to address off the ball incidents where match officials are unlikely to be in a position to witness misconduct.”

That’s just a load of tripe.

And that’s what the FA do all the time – wiggle out of their responsibilities  – and that’s why you may have noticed I’ve never been a big fan of the FA – they never show any courage when it’s needed – they simply will not make the tough decisions.

Any normal body would look at the video, and see it was one of the worst tackles seen on a football field, and it seems to have badly injured the Newcastle player – but once again they opted out of their responsibilities.

Here’s what I said in one of the articles this morning:

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.

Some readers will say it’s nice to get something right now and again. 😀

We’ve also noticed that no statement has yet been made on Haidara by Newcastle,  and we’re even hoping he hasn’t damaged his knee  ligaments – and that would be excellent news  for the youngster and for Newcastle – here’s hoping they have delayed the good news until the FA released their decision.

Newcastle may even come out with their own statement on this ridiculous stance taken by the FA.

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137 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #1

    I pray that this leads to a change in the laws of the FA, or just the dissolution of the FA (We can dream :|) . This is a absolute farce

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  • nufc786

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    i cant put in to words what i am feeling right now

    i just wish haidara a speedy recovery

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  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Cheers Charlie

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #4

    What are they saying on talksport guys? Cant listen atm.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Catchy HI ! that was a joke on previous page ..would be good to see each other though ..Cant see your profile mate ..not on linkedin ..

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  • spitfire_

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Who speak right now on TalkSport ?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    AndyNUFC // Mar 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Whelan should know better – his career was ended by injury.

    I would be ashamed if one of our players done that, there is no defence.

    You can just tell the video replay panel will ask the ref: “didn’t see it”, then the linesman “erm, I saw it” – why didn’t you do anything “I wasn’t sure it was that bad” – right no punishment.

    Amazed. Said it, didn’t believe it. Still cannot believe it.

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  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Just been talking about how McManaman cant be told he is selected for XI until morning of a game because he gets so wound up. Saying how terrible it is Martinez, Whelan and Wigan in general are behaving disgustingly for defending him

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Well done talksport getting stuck into the fa and rightly so

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Andy…. Whelan is a grade A hypocrite read this from a sky blog post.

    Taken from the match report for the Manchester City v Wigan Athletic U21 league game on March 1st, 2011: John Guidetti scored a late winner as City’s Elite Development Squad returned to winning ways against Wigan. However, the gloss was taken off the victory when former Barcelona youngster Gai Assulin was stretchered off in the 90th-minute following a reckless tackle by Latics’ Callum McManaman which led to his second yellow and resulting red card. As yet, there is no update on Assulin, who left the pitch in a leg brace, or the extent of his injury. Mr Whelan today: ¿When I broke my leg in the (1960 FA) cup final it was exactly the same type of tackle. We both went for the ball. It brought back memories. It ruined my career. “I am not going to criticise Norman Deeley – these things happen in football. He came over the ball, but he didn’t do it with the aim of breaking my leg.” That’ll be the same Dave Whelan who told the Lancashire Telegraph in May 2010 that: “Norman Deeley came right over the ball. Today he would have been sent off and banned for a long time. He came six inches over the ball, he came for me not the ball.”

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  • ajcrawfs

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #11

    what so basically this guy mcmanaman is a psycho?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix
    Goughie and Durham on Talk Sport are hammering the FA whelan Martinez and Whelan – good listen.

    They reckon rules need changing

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  • funguswatty

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    FA IS A JOKE ANY ONE OF OUR PLAYERS HAD DONE THE SAME WOULD HAVE BEEN A BAN they did same thing to us with HBA not got bottle to over rule their own officials need to scrap the whole fa and start again with x players who have stuffed in the same way

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    You can’t have consistency and common sense when it comes to laws!

    The fact is that the FA have correctly applied the rules to the incident. The fact is also that the rules suck mackem balls.

    The problem is where to draw the line for retrospective action…I’d rather see a video ref able to draw the on-pitch ref’s attention to an incident, and advise on action to be taken. This could even be done for incidents like the second Wigan goal at the weekend.

    But perhaps the line could be that matches are reviewed afterwards and any challenge deserving of a straight red becomes an automatic retrospective red card and the appropriate ban.

    Seems simple enough…let’s hope the clubs get behind a change to the rules.

    On another point though…we see challenges like this all of the time, Haidara was just unlucky because he had his foot grounded, so he suffered a serious injury. The challenge wasn’t worse than others we’ve seen because Haidara got injured, he was just unlucky.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    tinman… He gets wound up if he doesn’t get selected? Wow didnt need confirming really but what a Tw@t

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    @ajc they said martinez has to tell calum he is in the team the day of the match or he gets can’t remember what they said

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    What will young french players and Overseas players think when the FA in this country affords no protection whatsoever to them when out on the pitch if some English thug of a player can go out and maim them with no punishment after doing so ? they wont come now ..will they ? This has gone world wide and the FA are A laughing stock. Worldwide.. Listen to talk sport now they are as upset as us.

    This is a bad day for football and English Football..

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  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    ajcrwafs, I dont know any players of his age who would get that wound up about being selected he has to be told the morning of a game. Will be interesting to see if Callum makes any comments himself.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Charlie… Cool i agree rules need changing. A loopholes gotten them out of what everyone can see is suspension material. Hopefully this’ll pave the way for it.

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  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #20

    No Rainrix, he gets wound up if he is starting a game, its probably to do with nerves mainly, but either way sounds like he is a loose cannon

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #21

    The Toon should challenge this decision in court – but they won’t -just as any other club won’t because they are frightened of the future consequences from the FA. No wonder black players question the FA’s commitment on racism. The FA make all the right noises -but are useless wimps/have vested interest to ensure they take the path of least resistance. The FA are just as old fashioned/out of step as FIFA completely incompetent. Disgraceful these out of touch fools run our national game.

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Here’s an idea buy calum from wigan and ruin his career just let him rott away don’t even let him train #justice

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  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Surely the official who did see it has to be punished? Fired? Gross negligence.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #24

    These fossils and dinosaurs of the FA (good initials as that is what they do) have now proved that they have absolutely no interest at all in improving our national game.
    There should now be widespread calls from players, managers, media and clubs for their dismissal and the club should now take legal action against McManaman, Wigan and unprecedently the FA themselves.
    It’s time somebody made a stand against these wastes of space.

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  • ajcrawfs

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    apparently John Carver gets a three match ban as well

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  • outsidethebox

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #26

    was considering joining dw gym on royal quays …just changed mind ..for him to make statement before fa suggests he knew what was going on at fa ..stinks

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Ah ok tinman. Still sounds like loose cannon material like you say.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    I really wish Mark Halsey considers quitting life along with his refereeing career .

    Pathetic to see the FA join the wave and go against us in a clear-cut case like this .

    where is the justice? Morons

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  • geordiemark

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #29

    well that is typical of the fa isnt it, now if i was the owner of the club id be getting my solicitors ready to sue wigan and the player take it to the high court or possibly take it to european court that way fifa and uefa will see it damn disgrace hang your head in shame fa

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  • Jackel001

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #30

    In a way I hope Wigan don’t go down, so that next year when they and their unclassy fans come up here we can show our own appreciation.

    Oh and our FA is a fcking joke!

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  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Wigan fan came on and tried to defend the challenge. Is getting destroyed by all the pundits!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Ben3arfa – stupid reactions like that are what gives football fans a bad name. Go crawl back under your hole.

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  • ash1001

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #33

    I have just sent the following E Mail to the FA, anyone is welcome to copy it and use………

    Dear Sir/Madam
    As a football fan of over 60 standing, I must express my utter disgust ts the way the FA have handled the tackle made my Callum MacManaman on Massadio Haidara during Sundays game between Wigan and Newcastle. The FA are there to govern and set and example as to what happens in the game of football in England, and on this occasion they seem to have forgot that they have a duty not only to the players involved but also to the fans you support there various teams.
    It does not matter whether an official saw or did not see the incident and in this case the referee has indicated that he did not, but it appears from press reports that the assistant referee did see contact, but on that point if it was contact, as it was with studs showing and the contact been on the knee (foot off the ground) then why did he not see fit to tell the referee as that constitutes a foul. If that was not what he saw then surely he cannot be used as a witness to the incident.
    I would also remind the FA that they took retrospective action against Ben Thatcher some years ago by giving him an 8 match ban even although the incident in which he was involved had been witnessed by the referee who issue an yellow card to the player.
    I am sorry to say both the players who turn out each week for there various teams and the supporters who follow then, have been very badly let down by the FA.
    In conclusion in this matter i have toned down my actual words used in this letter out of respect for any on the innocent parties that may read it, but am sure they will understand what I actually did want to say.
    Regards

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Ben thatcher elbowed pedro mendes in 2006 and then received a yellow. Then later the FA reviewed and banned him. This we cant take Retrospective action is BS they have in the past

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  • last minute window lies

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #35

    lets see how smug Dave Whelan is when Wigan get relegated and the lose out on 70 million over next two seasons, would be slight compensation !!!

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  • Martoon

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #36

    I am going to torch the FA’s headquarters

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #37

    What an example to set for the Premier League. You can make career ending challenges like that and you wont even be punished let alone give away a foul. JOKE

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  • Fat_Robbo

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #38

    The club should seriously look into suing the player directly. I hope there is a realistic possibility of success with legal action as the FA have done sweet FA

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #39

    The official that saw it presumably didn’t see it clearly or he would have known it’s a red card offence.

    As I’ve said before, the problem isn’t with the FA’s interpretation of the rules, it’s the rules themselves!

    The clubs have plenty of opportunities to query the rules, and they should stand up to the FA to ensure they are involved in shaping the rules in the interest of the end customers, us!

    The problem is, if Haidara had his leg off the ground, he’d just have a bit of bruising and could have carried on. Still a red card? Probably…but then there would be one of those almost every game.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #40

    iF I attacked someone in the street With both boots and flying through the air both feet and maiming someone ..I would be Jailed for it ..GBH..Can the police not get involved and any Newcastle fan that witnessed this report the Attack ..then the police would have to look at it and give an answer.

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