The Football Association has today changed its own rules, so that it can retroactively punish obvious foul play during a game, and it comes after they did nothing about a Callum McManaman horror tackle, that could have easily ended Massadio Haidara’s career.
This is the horror tackle that buckled Haidara’s knee
The FA at the time hid behind their own rules, but did say that would fix the problem in the summer, and it seems that’s what they have done, so although we are not big fans of the FA, credit to them for following though on this.
From the start of next season the FA will be able to act on incidents during a match, that officials were not in a position to ‘fully assess’, to use their own words.
In the past, retrospective action could only be taken if none of the match officials saw the incident, and in the McManaman case – the fourth official said he saw the incident but did nothing about it – and the fact he saw it prevented the FA from taking any action.
This is the statement issued on the FA website:
“There has been a change to The FA’s retrospective action process for the new season.”
“From the start of the new season, The FA will reserve the right to take retrospective action when match officials are not in a position to fully assess a ‘coming together’ of players.”
“The amendment follows a tackle last season involving Wigan’s Callum McManaman and Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara in which the match referee’s view of the incident was blocked whilst the other match officials were not in a position to judge exactly what had occurred.”
“Prior to this change, which was ratified by The Football Regulatory Authority, The FA was only able to take retrospective action when none of the match officials had seen the ‘coming together’ or when the incident was truly exceptional, for example, in the case of Ben Thatcher’s challenge on Pedro Mendes.”
“This change is not intended to usurp the authority of the match officials who are, in the vast majority of cases, best-placed to deal with incidents at the time they occur. It will only be utilised in the rare circumstances outlined above.”
This is a good move by the FA, because it was just so embarrassing they took no action on McManaman, following his tackle when his boot went straight at Haidara’s knee.
And Wigan Chairman David Whelan embarrassed himself and his club, by retroactively claiming the tackle was fair and “clean as a whistle.”
Luckily, Massadio wasn’t badly injured, and he was playing again in about three weeks for Newcastle.
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