McManaman faces FA ban for Toon tackle

Wigan striker Callum McManaman took the headlines during his first Premier League start - for all the wrong reasons.

McManaman faces FA ban for Toon tackle

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March 18th, 2013

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The FA has announced that it will take retrospective action on his tackle on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara having received referee Mark Halsey’s match report. The report indicated that Halsey did not see the incident, meaning that the FA is free to step in.

The tackle which left Haidara requiring hospital treatment for possible damage to knee ligaments is likely to lead to a three-match ban for McManaman despite his not being initially penalised for the rather nasty-looking challenge – in fact, play continued on following the 21st-minute tackle.

This didn’t stop Magpies assistant coach John Carver from having his say at half-time, leading to a mini-rumble at the tunnel; both he and Wigan coach Graham Barrow were sent to the stands for the second half as a result and he could also face FA sanctions.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has since stated that he used his half-time talk to try and cool down his incensed players to prevent thoughts of retribution after the referee told him “if I missed it, I apologise”.

“There was a lot of bad feeling,” he told The Sun. “It’s an awful challenge. The pictures speak for themselves.” – a sentiment not shared by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who told Radio 5 Live that McManaman won the ball “clean as a whistle”.

The possible three-match ban means that the striker will likely miss the FA Cup semi-final against Millwall.

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