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.
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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