No charge for McManaman

Wigan forward Callum McManaman will not be charged over his tackle on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara at the weekend.

Last Updated: 19/03/13 at 21:00 Post Comment

The Wigan forward caught Haidara on the knee with his follow-through during the second half of Sunday's 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium.

Mark Halsey did not punish McManaman at the time, and replays suggested the referee was partially unsighted.

But a statement from the Football Association said that "because at least one of the match officials saw the coming together, though not the full extent of the challenge" no further action can be taken.

The statement read: "Following consultation with the game's stakeholders in the summer, it was agreed that retrospective action should only be taken in respect of incidents which have not been seen by the match officials.

"Where one of the officials has seen a coming together of players, no retrospective action should be taken, regardless of whether he or she witnessed the full or particular nature of the challenge. This is to avoid the re-refereeing of incidents.

"In the case of McManaman, it has been confirmed that at least one of the match officials saw the coming together, though not the full extent of the challenge. In these circumstances retrospective action cannot be taken.

"The principal objective behind the not seen policy is to address off the ball incidents where match officials are unlikely to be in a position to witness misconduct."

McManaman will now be available for Wigan's FA Cup semi-final against Millwall next month.

FA director of governance Darren Bailey expanded on the governing body's decision on Sky Sports News.

He said: "The actual policy is fairly clear and straightforward. In the first instance, the first question we have to ask ourselves is did any of the match officials see the incident.

"In circumstances where one of the match officials has witnessed the coming together, then there's no need to go on and consider the next question, which is whether the player would have been ordered off for the particular offence, or actually precluded.

"One of the principal reasons we have not-seen incidents is to deal with off the ball incidents as opposed to contests for possession or tackle scenarios.

"If we allow incidents to be reopened on a regular basis then the game will not have any participation certainty and on Monday we will be confronted with a whole range of tackles from the top of the game all the way down the pyramid."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hat a load of Bull***t. DiMaria hardly had a kick and they won because of a dodgy offside and a breakaway goal when Arsenal were chasing. Good luck to them they got their points but to try and claim this as some sort of tactical masterstroke is laughable, It was luck pure and simple.

nicos
LVG: 'Tactics exposed Arsenal'

T

he singular most disappointing aspect of the current malaise that Liverpool are experiencing is that F365 are not able to use the picture of Rodgers giving his troll smile. Brendan does a helluva good Hard Done By range though, especially in the rain, in fact he looks so forlorn you just want to say to the opposition Stop It, You're Killing Him!

hump3.
Rodgers: The pressure's on

I

n all seriousness the attitude of some of these commenters is very disappointing. I didn't realise F365's readership was so dumb, I've always thought of you all as relatively well informed. Thanks for showing me the light.

de gea bar
Whelan's Words Highlight A Troubling Trend

Footer 365

Arsenal: Alisher Usmanov: Arsene Wenger must admit mistakes

Alisher Usmanov says Arsene Wenger's principles may be holding Arsenal back, claiming Wenger must admit his mistakes.

Ligue 1: Brandao apologises for headbutt on Paris St Germain's Thiago Motta

Brandao has apologised for the headbutt on Paris St Germain's Thiago Motta that saw him suspended for six months.

Manchester United: Van Gaal claims tactics exposed Arsenal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits he was trying to expose 'our friend Nacho Monreal' at the Emirates.

Mail Box

Equating Rodgers To Hodgson. Oh Dear Me.

It's a Mailbox many will have been waiting. Brendan Rodgers gets a little bit of a stick, but there is at least praise for Manchester United,Van Gaal, Palace and Tottenham...

Oh Arsenal. Why Oh Why Oh Effing Why?

We have plenty of fallout from Arsenal's latest display of outrageous incompetence, plus the question of why every team seems to be getting worse. Plus, another Garcia ghost goal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property