Callum McManaman: Massadio Haidara calls for protection
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Newcastle's Massadio Haidara has called the Football Association's decision not to punish Wigan forward Callum McManaman "ridiculous".
Haidara was taken off on a stretcher following a challenge from McManaman which escaped punishment during the match and then again retrospectively.
But Haidara said the FA need to do more to protect players.
He said: "He could have ended my career and ruined my whole life and he will play again before me. Ridiculous."
Haidara, who escaped serious injury, told French newspaper Le Parisien: "You must protect players.
"This type of tackle cannot be condoned in football. You have to take all measures to ban these sorts of things from the game. It spoils the match. The authorities must take action."
The FA said it could not take action as its rules
But Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias described the FA's disciplinary process as "not fit for purpose" and Haidara admitted seeing the tackle go unpunished was difficult for him to accept.
McManaman got a slight touch on the ball before following through and catching the defender on the knee and thigh during Wigan's
Haidara, who joined from Nancy on a five-and-a-half-year deal in January, said the tackle left him in "excruciating pain" and thinking "he'd snapped my leg in two".
He added: "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."
Left-back Haidara, 20, admits he is still in "shock" over the tackle, which he calls the worst he has seen in football, adding: "It sends shivers down my spine when I think of it."
The Frenchman said he would be prepared to meet with McManaman in the future, if he wished to apologise, and said he hoped the 21-year-old has learned his lesson and will "think twice before making a tackle like that".
Meanwhile, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has insisted McManaman, 21, should have been charged by the FA for his challenge. Despite the incident happening in a Premier League match, the Football Association is responsible for the disciplinary procedures.
Scudamore said this should have been treated as an "exceptional case", which gives the power to reassess some incidents, even if seen by officials.
"I don't think anybody in the Premier League, perhaps bar Wigan, would have complained had they decided this was exceptional," he said.
"That's where the Premier League is on this, I don't think the rules need changing, I don't think the line needs moving.
"If they have the ability to deal with an exceptional incident, it looked to most of us that was an exceptional incident."
Clearly, if this tackle cannot be punished when the referee says he should have sent him off then the rules need changing. What is rescinding a Red Card if it is not re-refereeing?
This has to be one of the most unjustified decisions the FA will ever make. I don't blame the officials as if they don't see it, they don't see it. A bunch of pen-pushers ruining the game yet again.
Almost as absurd as the FA's steadfast backing of rules that are clearly not fit for purpose.
Can anyone explain why a red card can be rescinded when the referee has seen the incident (clearly in order to give a red card in the first place) but it can't work the other way?
Poor refereeing is being promoted here. where a potentially career ending tackle goes in and someone is taken to hospital and an official hasn't seen it properly, retrospective 're-refereeing' is 100% necessary to protect players
No-one wants to see those kind of risks taken in a tackle.
The only way to deter it is through punishment.
The FA, by excusing their decision due to the pre-season consultations with various bodies that allowed this tackle to go unpunished on a technicality, just highlight their inflexibility and lack of proper control.
Martinez should have condemned it, I think a lot less of him now.
Whelan directly contradicted himself at least twice in his "defence" of the assault, and reference to his career-ending injury. That means that at some point he has lied.
The reports I've heard only say that one of the officials "saw" it. Does this mean it's in a ref's report somewhere, or are we talking about verbal evidence?
The rule seems to be being interpreted to say that if any of the officials has any view of an incident, irrespective of whether it's a complete view or not, then the incident is closed. So if they catch sight of a player's ankle (but nothing else) then the FA can't (or won't) do anything about it.
Its quite pathetic from the FA and the officials should hang their head in shame.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone playing over the weekend in the amateur game and I predict many brawls will being with anything similar to the McManaman tackle.
This is why Football is turning into a joke!
Football doesnt not have "Rules". It has laws and laws are open to interpretation. And centre to all decisions is "...In the opinion of the referee...."
Shocking tackle that this referee didnt see it as a foul. The FA should be looking at this ref