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Newcastle blast FA over Haidara tackle

SoccerNews in English Premier League 19 Mar 2013

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Newcastle United have slammed the FA for not taking action against Callum McManaman for his challenge on Massadio Haidara.

The club also criticised Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan for publicly backing McMananman after Sunday’s match.

“We are disappointed to learn that the FA is not going to charge the Wigan player,” said Newcastle’s managing director Derek Llambias.

“We were first notified of this decision by a national media outlet who received notification from the FA confirming the decision.

“This was prior to anyone from the FA having the courtesy to contact the Club to let us know.

“It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose.

“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.

“We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.

“I am therefore disappointed and surprised by the comments he (Whelan) made yesterday, in particular his assertion that the tackle by Callum McManaman ‘was a fair challenge’.

“It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career.

“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 Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.”

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