We cannot say that Wigan Football Club have come across very well in the last few days, after our left-back Massadio Haidara was injured badly on Sunday, by that terrible tackle from McManaman.
David Whelan – self-serving and rather stupid statement
Statements coming from the manager and the owner of Wigan have been self-serving and more aimed at trying to get their player off and not get a ban from the FA, rather than telling things they way they are.
Manager Roberto Martinez said his player had no intent to injure Massadio and the owner David Whelan did himself and his football club no favors at all, by saying he thought the tackle as clean as a whistle .
That was more a case of stirring the controversy , rather than a truthful statement from the owner, but he has a history of making these type of outspoken comments in public.
When you watch the video of the tackle, McManaman’s boot goes straight into the Frenchman’s knee, so Whelan’s statement only made things worse – a lot worse – and was uncalled for from a man in his position.
One the other hand Newcastle held a diplomatic silence until the FA announced their decision yesterday, that they could do nothing about the tackle – surprise, surprise – and then Managing Director Derek LLambias issued his statement on behalf of Newcastle United, and it was both balanced and brilliant.
We expect Newcastle to take legal action against Wigan, and Derek’s note made so much sense – telling the FA they are not doing their job – which has been true for years – that hopefully the FA will take Derek’s advice seriously – but we don’t think they will.
We understand there has been no apology yet from McManaman or Wigan to Haidara – and maybe it was too early, given Massadio’s state of mind after the horror challenge.
But now is a good time for Wigan to do the right thing, and give an apology to the Frenchman – and even make it public.
We hope they will – and show a little bit of class.
They cannot do much worse than they’ve done already in the self-serving way they have handled this affair to date.
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