The FA has announced that there will be no fines or suspension for Callum McManaman for his tackle on Massido Haidara during the Wigan v Newcastle match. The FA did not contact Newcastle or Wigan either to make this known. Both clubs were made aware by the press calling wanting their reactions to the news. Link
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. If this tackle would have been on Bale, or Van Persie, or Lampard, etc I guarentee there would have been a suspension.
Newcastle is considering pressing charges against McManaman the way Everton did against Cabaye a few seasons ago. Cabaye and the club ended up having to pay Everton and Anichebe a mid 6 figure sum so the precedent has already been set.
Disgrace. This no retrospective action rule is ridiculous. Why ignore overwhelming evidence provided by 10s of cameras from multiple angles? The officials didn't see the incident properly and didn't deal with it appropriately on the field. Upholding the wrong judgement is just insane. The mind boggles.
It says the first scan was inconclusive and the hope is the second scan will show no damage. One can only hope it's not career threatening but I'm not getting my hopes up that no serious damage was done until a conclusive scan can be done.
Oh, I got the Everton incident wrong I listed above, it was Nolan not Cabaye.
Haidara was interviewed today by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. They went ahead and did the new scans this morning. The scan revealed that surgery will not be required. Haidara's comments though are interesting and show the kids got a pretty good head on his shoulder:
“I underwent some further tests yesterday morning.” “The ligaments in the knee are undamaged.” “It’s a massive relief.” “I was very worried when it happened.”
“I thought he’d broken my leg or smashed up my knee.” “The pain was unbearable, I couldn’t bend my knee. It was really horrible.” “But, God was on my side.”
“I remember it all. I can still see it in my mind’s eye.” “The ball came to me, I controlled it.” “I thought I had the time to run around him but he came at me like a bullet.”
“It all went so fast. I didn’t think he’d tackle me, especially not above the knee.” “And then I felt his studs crash into my knee and remember feeling excruciating pain.” “I was in so much pain I couldn’t think of anything.” “I was so shocked.”
“I still am actually.” “When, afterwards, you think of everything.” “I told myself that perhaps I’d never be able to play football again or that I’d be able to play but never with the same level of ability.”
“It was a tough time. Once I was in the ambulance.” “I started to think of my family. I knew my brother was watching the match live.”
“Yesterday I was told McManaman wanted to speak with me. For the time being, we haven’t talked.” “There is a language barrier but I think we will try to meet up next week with an interpreter.”
“At the time, I was very angry. I thought he’d ended my career. Now, I know I escaped a serious injury, I have taken time to stand back from it and I am not angry. I simply hope that it will serve as a lesson for him and the next time he will think twice before making a tackle like that.”
“I hope, when he watched it back, he told himself that wasn’t who he really was.”
I'll try to find the link but Newcastle fans have started a petition that they hope fans of other teams will join them in signing to get the FA to change the policy that they hid behind to not make a judgement.
They want the definition of what constitutes “exceptional circumstances” widened, having agonised for two days last week over whether McManaman could be charged under the present restricted framework.
The FA are stunned at the stance taken this week by some of the 'stakeholders’ – specifically the PFA and Premier League – who expressed surprise that McManaman was not charged. The two organisations had opposed a rule change last summer.
So basically the FA wanted the rule changed last summer so they could punish in incidents like this but the PFA and the League opposed it.