Tuesday 12 December 2017

Angry Toon lash out at FA procedures

Mark Ogden

Newcastle United have reacted with fury to the English FA's decision to allow Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman go unpunished for a challenge on Massadio Haidara by dismissing their current disciplinary measures as 'not fit for purpose.'

McManaman, whose studs-up challenge on Newcastle full-back Haidara failed to result in any action by referee Mark Halsey during Wigan's 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium on Sunday, has escaped a violent conduct charge due to the FA being unable to 're-referee' the incident in the wake of it being seen at the time by linesman Matthew Wilkes.

McManaman's reprieve has prompted an angry response from St James' Park, however, with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias lambasting the FA's disciplinary unit.

"It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose," Llambias said. "Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game.

"Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman's tackle on Haidara. Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials.

"It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators.

"Indeed, it appears to be only (Wigan owner) Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view."

Newcastle are continuing to explore the possibility of legal action against Wigan and McManaman. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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