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Taylor sees red on McManaman challenge

SoccerNews in English Premier League 18 Mar 2013


Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor has slammed Wigan youngster Callum McManaman for his challenge on Massadio Haidara.

The furore over McManaman’s horror challenge on Newcastle left-back Haidara in Wigan’s 2-1 Premier League win on Sunday has continued, with Taylor taking to Twitter to voice his concerns.

The 21-year-old McManaman was making his full league debut for the Latics but sparked controversy and a half-time brawl with his tackle on Haidara, himself a substitute for the injured Mathieu Debuchy.

The incident did not escape the attention of Taylor – a former Wigan player – who criticised McManaman on his personal Twitter site.

“Wow. Not even a yellow #baffled,” said the 28-year-old, who is currently missing due to a long-term knee problem.

“Nothing to do with the scoreline an (sic) the fact it was a red but as a footballer it’s the definition of a ‘s***house tackle’. I hope Sadio (Haidara) is ok.”

Taylor also criticised the match officials, though referee Mark Halsay said he did not have a clear view of the incident in the aftermath of the match, which saw Wigan steal victory thanks to a late strike from Arouna Kone.

“In them few minutes after the tackle why can’t the ref or the 4th official look at a video for 5 seconds and help the ref out. #Sortitout,” Taylor added.

Wigan failed to escape the drop zone with their win, though it does bring them back to within three points of Aston Villa, and safety, with a game in hand.


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