Newcastle’s In Your Face Statement On Haidara Affair


Newcastle United kept a good diplomatic silence until the FA released a statement today saying there is nothing they can do or will do about Wigan player’s McManaman’s terrible tackle in the first half of the game at Wigan.

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This is the statement, obviously from Derek LLambias,  issued by Newcastle United this afternoon:

There has been significant public reaction from media, industry figures and supporters to the tackle made by Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman on Massadio Haidara during the first-half of our Premier League fixture on Sunday, 17th March, in particular comments made by Wigan’s owner Dave Whelan.

I have the greatest respect for Dave, who has been in the game for a long time as a professional footballer and now owner. I am also aware that Dave’s career was cut short due to injury. I am therefore disappointed and surprised by the comments he made yesterday, in particular his assertion that the tackle by Callum McManaman “was a fair challenge”.

It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career.

It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view. We are disappointed to learn that the FA is not going to charge the Wigan player. We were first notified of this decision by a national media outlet who received notification from the FA confirming the decision. This was prior to anyone from the FA having the courtesy to contact the Club to let us know.

It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose. Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara.

Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials.

We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.


Our attentions at this time are firmly with Massadio. He only joined us in January, but in that short time he has impressed us immensely both on and off the field. Massadio was scanned yesterday and will continue to be assessed for the remainder of the week.

He will undergo a further scan next week in order to determine the extent of the damage caused. Contrary to comments in the media, there is currently no timescale for his recovery.

We would like to thank our fans for their heart-felt messages of support for Massadio. We are passing these messages on to him and we are sure they will help keep his spirits up.

That’s an excellent statement from Newcastle United – telling it like it is.

Well done.

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22 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Mar 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    (Repost)
    Here’s a conundrum for me. The referee is in charge of the game and his decision is paramount: if he doesn’t see something, he relies on the views of his assistants. However, when he fails to see something AND there is video evidence to review, surely HIS opinion should be taken into account and he should be asked what he would have done had he seen the incident. If Halsey reviewed the incident and says “If I had seen that I would have sent the player off” shouldn’t that over-rule any assistant opinion, just as would apply during a game.
    I realise that that is far too logical a thought for the sweet FA.
    One other thought; I had heard somewhere earlier this season that the FA were trying to encourage the elimination of “reckless” or dangerous challenges this season, even where the ball was won fairly? Or did I imagine that?

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Good statement.

    Hopefully the rule will be amended.

    Time to move on …

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  • hdavid23

    Mar 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    There is something like the International Sports Court, or whatever, we must sue McManaman, Wigan and the FA there.

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    A club statement I can’t pick fault with…in fact a little bit proud of how our club has reacted dignified is rarely a word I can use in connection to NUFC but they have been here

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Football is a big business being run by amateurs – stupid, self important and with no sense at all. Officiating is still in the 19th Century given what we could have with modern technology.
    Rugby has the way forward.
    A citing commissioner punishes all offences reported to him that merit punishment and these can be pretty severe

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citing_commissioner

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  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Good statement from NUFC. Completely the opposite of the way Wigan have handled the whole thing, they’ve been a disgrace, from Martinez and Whelan saying it was a fair tackle, to the Wigan fans celebrating his commitment to the team. Absolutely shocking.

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  • Martoon

    Mar 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    its a f***ing disgrace.

    they do **** all for the career threatening challenge on young haidara, yet they have the f***ing cheek to charge john carver for f***ing expressing his opinion and frustration on the pitch.

    F*** OFF ENGLISH FA, YOU USELESS F**KS!!!!!!

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    carver getting done for ” BEING ANGRY” shame on the fu///king FA… gangsters just like fifa and uefa.

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  • naptoon

    Mar 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    sue wigan in a normal court we mustnt let this lie. apparently mcfuckface done it b4 as an apprentice. dangerous wreckless and certainly not within rules of the game im sure a precedent was set a couple of years ago when a young lad had his career ended by a horror tackle and big dunc was sued once for nutting someone on pitch … imo this tackle was no better

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  • custurd

    Mar 19, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #10

    McManaman, Martinez, Whelan and The English FA are a fcuking disgrace. Eufa wouldn’t get involved, nor Fifa i doubt, but doesn’t “normal” law apply? McManaman should be charged with ABH, and Martinez, Whelan, and particularly the FA, should be charged with perverting the course of justice!!!

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  • unicorn toon

    Mar 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #11

    here here yo-yo spot on mate ive never wanted a team to get relagated as much as i do now scum f–kers
    just need ashley to clean up whelans shite sport shops and wigan go down now and they wont come back up again they lived on borrowed time far to long

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  • El Sleeve

    Mar 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #12

    its seems both ashley and llambias are learning and lets not duck anything here but all agree that this is an excellent statement from Del Boy. I think i may be proud of that statement

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Mar 19, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Llambias has just gone up in mu estimations !

    Well said Derick !

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  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Mar 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Magpie6699 well said on all accounts. The FA are useless and what you suggested is totally the logical way to do things. What I don’t get is how can a linesman be starring right at the incident and not deem it a bad challenge?. The FA spokesman on talk sport says nearly always the match officials get it right.. I have to disagree with this they seem to be more incompetent every season. I have to assume the linesman wasn’t concentrating and even day dreaming to pass that off as not a bad challenge when he was just about at point blank range. Is there a point system for officials where they can be promoted and demoted up and down the leagues?? if not there obviously should be and any big calls missed even due to positioning on the pitch should mean points deducted from the overall game performance. If this was the case we aaaaall know Harelsey would be refereeing in the conference!.

    I’m just can’t get over the FAs reasoning on this and how pointless they actually are! surely a league managers association could come together every year to lay down the rules and go to tribunals just through club voting systems then we could get rid of these dinasours ! get them down the job centre where they belong.

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  • bjarne

    Mar 20, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Hoping for McManaman´ sake, that Wigan are playing in CH next season or that Tiote is out for that game or that he is in prison !

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  • mattoutremont

    Mar 20, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Lambo is a f*****g legened! WHAT A STATEMENT

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  • mattoutremont

    Mar 20, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Lambo is a f**king legend! WHAT A STATEMENT

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  • stephen1971

    Mar 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #18

    if that tackle WAS seen then how was,nt it a straight red nevermind a foul, i,ve give up on those bellends at the fa, they are clueless , and they,ve just opened the door for more

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  • Grafton83

    Mar 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #19

    I can’t believe what the FA have done, I was so angry I actually found it really ahrd to get to sleep myself last night, all I could think about was how any of us could actually respond in a meaningful way against the FA.

    I applaud those people on the blog that have taken the time to write to them. At least someone will have to waste time reading those letters even if they don’t respond. Perhaps you should keep sending the same letter until you do get a respone like in that film the Shawshank Redepmtion.

    What else can you do then, well the obvious answer to me is to boycott Engalnd matches and merchandise for the foreseeable future. I’ve bought many an England shirt over the years as I’m sure have a great number of Geordies. That can stop straight away as I put my club way above any loyalty I have for the national team.

    What else can be done, any ideas?

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  • geordiemark

    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #20

    I still think we should make a complaint to fifa myself, the handling of the match by the ref,linesmen,4th offical,whelan,martinez and there actions and the fa all come under bringing the game into disribute plus it would really annoy the fa

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  • rwpoynter

    Mar 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    magpie6699@1
    Absolutely spot on. FA should show Mark Halsey the CCTV footage and say, ‘Would you give a red card? I guarantee he would say yes. That way the FA can rightly say they have not undermined the authority of the officials and the Wigan player would be banned. When the FA ignore these dreadful tackles (and in my opinion this was far worse than Nasri’s in the recent Champions League match for which he did get a red card somewhat harshly) and don’t lets forget De Jong’s awful tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa, and these events don’t get the culprits even a yellow card, but the FA encourage refs to give yellow cards for a goal scorer taking off his shirt, then what sort of message does this send out? The answer is that the FA is regarded as a laughing stock by the vast majority of the football world. If anyone is’ bringing the game into disrepute’ it is the FA. If other sports can use technology to clear up disputes (e.g tennis and cricket) why are the FA so determined to stay in the dark ages?

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  • pethmag

    Mar 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22

    My views are the same now as they have all ways been about the fa. There utter pricks like the rest of the bodys of european and international football .

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