Newcastle consider legal action over Haidara injury
NEWCASTLE UNITED are considering legal action against Wigan Athletic and their midfielder Callum McManaman, who could yet escape retrospective punishment from the English FA, following his wild tackle on Massadio Haidara.
Although Wigan have thrown a protective shield in front of their young star, with chairman Dave Whelan insisting he won the ball as "clear as a whistle", Newcastle believe they have a strong case if they pursue compensation.
Newcastle will be frustrated if the FA refuses to take the matter any further, although the game's governing body is yet to make a final decision. The main complication is that, while referee Mark Halsey's view was obstructed by Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, linesman Matthew Wilkes saw the challenge and did not deem it a serious offence.
The FA has always maintained it will not 're-referee' games as it would undermine the authority of match-day officials.
Newcastle are furious with Whelan's comments yesterday, which came 24 hours after Wigan manager Roberto Martinez's post-match claim that the Wigan academy graduate had no intention to hurt Haidara.
"McManaman went in for the ball and got the ball, as clear as a whistle, then followed through and they collided," Whelan said. "He hasn't gone over the ball. That's an accident."
The damage to Haidara's leg is so severe that he cannot straighten it and swelling around the knee means an initial scan has not yet determined the extent of the injury.
Meanwhile, West Brom have fined Peter Odemwingie £76,000 for his latest outburst on Twitter.
The 31-year-old claimed he wanted to be sacked and also rounded on head coach Steve Clarke for leaving him on the bench for the last four Premier League games.
In a wide-ranging rant, he also hinted he had taken steroid injections to be fit for matches and said his team-mates were unhappy with his salary. (© Daily Telegraph, London)