Potential Good News On Haidara Injury

It was another bad day for Newcastle yesterday as the spineless English FA said – sorry but there’s nothing we can do about McManaman’s tackle on Massadio Haidara – because one official saw it and we don’t want to re-referee games.

Massadio Haïdara.

Massadio Haidara – when arriving in January – looks a great young player
It’s simply a load of tripe from the FA and maybe sometime they will start doing their job – but I’m not holding my breath.

But there could be some good news today – the first scan done on Massadio’s knee was inconclusive,  and he will have a second scan next week after all the swelling and bruising has gone down a bit.

And the Newcastle Journal are reporting today that Newcastle officials ate hopeful that the second scan will show the injury is not as bad as first feared, and that he could return before the end of the season.

If that holds up – it will be excellent news for Haidara and Newcastle –  because if he had injured his ACL he could have been out until Christmas or even longer than that.

If there is no ligament damage that would be great news, because basically it would mean very bad bruising, and no damage has been sustained to his knee other than that.

We are very much hoping that is the outcome for the young 20 year-old, who has looked some player since arriving in late January.

You can send Massadio some comforting messages as he recovers from his injury here.

Let’s show him that Newcastle fans care about him, and that we are delighted to have him at Newcastle.

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25 comments so far

  • ichrisho

    Mar 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Well done to Transfer Sage for sending on a card from all of us here on the Blog and lets hope that with a little positivity we can all ensure he is welcomed back fit and happy. On the FA – Personally I am chuffed as this should light a fire under the arses of the team and maybe breed a “lets show them!!!” mentality for the remainder of the season…

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    John Hall
    on Talk Sport at Midday – mmmmm

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3


    Just to let people know who weren’t on last night.

    Ordered a get well card to be delivered to haidara, personalised and with message in English and French from one o those online card companies.

    Signed it from all fans at nufcblog.com, hope nobody objects to this. General opinion was positive last night.

    Just thought it would be a nice touch to keep the lads spirits up.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeh you are right…this might be what the boys need to spur them into action and give 100% throughout all our remaining games.

  • outsidethebox

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah nice one transfer sage…
    would like to know whether linesman or could it be 4th official who deemed it to be fair tackle is stood down (may be for as long as fair challenge takes to mend ) to blue square …await developments as fa will be sick of taking
    abuse for bad decision…

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Could the official that seen it be the linesman on the other side of the pitch. If so he’s going to have a great view ain’t he

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    outside the box

    I think it was the linesman on the top of the pitch (from tv view) who said he saw it but with haidara’s back to him he never say it fully.

    Now to me this is where the FA have a get out. There is a massice difference between looking at something and seeing it.

    Definitely should adopt the rugby like citation procedure where an independent official reviews each game and if anything is seen which is deemed worthy of a red (could just go for dangerous tackles like this in football, not last man/stopping goal scoring opportunity decisions) then the ban is handed out whether the official saw it or not.

    I’m sure refs would prefer this as it helps them if they have been unsighted or just not seen it fully.

    Remember this isn’t just unfair to us…its unfair to all teams around wigan and who they play. If they survive by a point that mcmanaman wins for them in the next 2 games he would have been banned for or he scores the winning goal in the FA cup semi final over millwall (winner gets europeane football as they will be winner/runner up to man utd/cheslea in FA cup) then an injustice has been carried out on those sides too.

  • lewytoon

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    sage, Nice one about the card!

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Transfer Sage – That’s absolutely brilliant – you should Email Ed & tell him about it.
    Also can I mention there is an idiot poster using the name Martoon (capital M) – it is not me I have a small m (and that is not a euphamism 🙂 )

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Transfer Sage

    That’s a brilliant gesture your a good man

    Would be awesome if the injury ending up being not to serious !

    Really got to hope it does not demoralize our squad as we cant afford another slump in form as our fixtures are tricky if we are going to be missing lots of players

    Over the moon for Taylor just hope he comes back from duty unharmed and Cabaye as well he really needs a rest !!!

  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Sage you are a legend in my eyes. xxx

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12


    I didn’t want to write from the blog wthout Ed’s permission so just wrote from all fans here. Might get in touch with Ed though.

    Was well worth the £3.59 haha.

    Just hope my french was ok, checked get well soon in french on a few sites and it came back the same so should be fine.

  • geordiemark

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    ive got the photo of the halsey and the linesmen saw this tackle and done nothing, halsey said he didnt see it but from the angle in which he was in he must have seen it, I still think newcastle should take this to fifa, good on ya sage on doing that hope the kid is back playing very soon

  • Coach

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Transfer Sage:
    I read this blog a lot but I’ve never posted. This one is just to say what a brilliant idea it was to send the card. The lad must feel very let down by everyone to do with Wigan and the FA, he needs the support of people like you and the rest of the real fans.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Good on the toon
    sent them a get well email and just received a reply that they will pass on the message/messages

  • Yorkgeordie

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    About this FA decision. It seems to me that the correct way to describe the situation is that none of the officials saw THE OFFENCE. Surely this is why this retrospective thing came in, to punish any OFFENCE that is missed by the officials. To say an official saw THE PLAYERS is ridiculous, everybody on the field, in the ground, and on TV saw the players. What does ‘coming together’ mean anyway ? this is not something I have heard with regard to football.( although I can think of a meaning that has nothing to do with football ). The FA should put a notice on the office wall. ‘ you don’t have to be an idiot to work here, but it helps ‘

  • Pushy Pardew

    Mar 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I never thought I would say it but I agree with DL. Knowing football fans Mcmanaman will be found guilty in the court of public opinion and regularly abused by opposition fans. Depending on the final assessment of Haidara’s injury there could be a case to let the courts decide. The FA are on thin ground in their stance over the linesman seeing the incident. At law a contention of disputing the full implications of the challenge would be highly questionable. All of this could have been avoided by the FA simply stating it was under exceptional circumstances. They have done it before in 2006 when Ben Thatcher elbowed Pedro Mendes. This set a precedent in law.

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Santon the new maldini? Haha that never gets old. This blog gives me jokes lolol

  • SpaceGhost

    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Transfer, how about sending a card to the FA & one for Wigan, on our behalf? 🙂

  • toonincheek

    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    York –

    I think the FA regs refer to seeing the ‘incident’

  • aidantoon

    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #22


    That’s a very nice touch.

  • stripes1009

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Thanks TransferSage, nice gesture. I’m sure all the ‘french’ players will now realise how much support this team has and also appreciate your gesture.

    Question – Was it the same ‘official – Ref’s Assistantl’ who missed the handball leading to their second goal? If so he really does need re-testing! Even it was the other one they certainly need their eyes testing!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Nice one sage. really excellent gesture mate.

  • G

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #25

    What a fantastic gesture TS. I take back all those horrible things I have posted about you over the years!


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