FA Forced To Review Rules After Criticism Following That Tackle

News today that the English FA are looking to change the rules that they said prevented them from charging Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman, for his horrific tackle on Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara last Sunday.

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Massadio Haidara tackle by McManaman went unpunished

McManaman’s tackle was one of the worst we’ve seen,  as his boot goes straight into  the knee of the Newcastle left back – but amazingly we learned last week that Massadio is not badly injured and suffered no ligament damage, and he could be playing again in two weeks.

The Frenchman was lucky as the knee-cap popped out,  but then popped back in again – which led to tremendous pain and swelling but no serious damage other than that.

The news is that the FA will discus the issue further with the Premier League, Football League, Professional Footballers Association, League Managers Association and the match officials’ body, PGMOL – at the end of the season – and see if the rule should be changed.

The rather murky rule says that if an official sees the tackle or incident, and takes no action, then  the FA cannot then step in after the game and retroactive action.

But the clear video evidence of the McManaman tackle, suggests this rule is foolish – and of course it is.

We think the FA have been stunned by the negative reaction coming from all sides, after they failed to do anything at all for what was a very dangerous tackle and could even have ended Massadio’s career.

And Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore claimed that McManaman could have been  charged under the present rule – which the FA have disputed – but let’s face it – to do nothing after such a tackle like that is just not right – it’s not  common sense.

The consensus after the game was that the 21-year-old midfielder should have received a straight red card and a three-match ban – but he didn’t and there went the 3 points for Newcastle.

Mark Halsey is reported to have said in his match report of the game, that not only did he not see the McManaman tackle,  but if he had seen it he would have given the Wigan player a straight red card.

And the FA still took no action – amazing.

We’ve always thought the FA hide behind their own rules in difficult cases where courage is required – and this is no exception – but the criticism has been so great that they have now been forced to review their own rules – and will almost certainly need to change them.

And the petition launched by reader Anthony Knowles has over 2500 signatures already – so here’s your chance to sign up and Anthony will ensure the FA gets the petition.

Here’s where you can sign the petition.

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6 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 24, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #1

    The FA are at fault for failing to agree with Mark Halsey. However, Matthew Wilkes, the linesman, should be sacked for failing to notify Halsey on it, not to mention the handball.

    I hate the FA but in that game, the linesman has gifted them 3 points and should NOT be premier league officiating for a good time until he does his damn job.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 24, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Linesman must have assumed Halsey saw it, even so, not to question the lack of a decision is inexplicably feeble.

    You’ve got to wonder how the guy get to that level and on to the decent money that goes with it.

  • pbandj

    Mar 24, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Commong guys, we cant complain about the 3 points. We were lucky to get three points against chelsea when Colo should have been sent off for kicking Ba in the face. The fact of the matter is we should be able to beat wigan with 11 against 11, but we couldn’t which is worrying..

  • Burni

    Mar 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Listening to talksport the other day and someone said that the fa already re referee decisions if they ever rescind a card which they have been known to do. I completely forgot about that during this whole affair. That, to me, is a joke.

    Pbandj. Really? Colo should have been off coz he tried to clear a ball? Really? Not at all. Yellow at worst with a pen. We played well against wigan and were unlucky not to win. U remember the handball in the lead up their second though yeah? Also the team would have been affected by haidaras challenge…….

  • Benji84

    Mar 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought the linesman have ear pierces to inform ref whats going on. Like WTF????? Lots of black holes in that game and for that hand ball at the end not to be notice is ridiculousness

  • rwpoynter

    Mar 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    The problem with petitions is that, as with this one, they tail off very rapidly after the initial surge of emotional drive. After 24 hours there was 2200 signatures and three days later there is only another 300. Official bodies, like the FA know this and set the bar at 5000 knowing with time that the usual British apathy will set in. Paradoxically, because Haidara’s injury has not been seen to be career threatening, the enthusiasm for signing it has drastically tailed off. It should not have. Had Haidara’s injury been already one to conclude his career, then that 5000 would have been reached by now. Don’t get me wrong, I am really pleased this guy is going to be OK and that is the most overidingly important factor. Whether or not we get the 5000 signatures , we have ,I think, jerked the FA out of its ‘head in the sand’ attitude. Keep signing up for this petition. There are 52,000 of you out there , who unlike me fill SJP, GET ON AND DO IT!


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