FA Under Fire From Newcastle United After Wigan Tackle Sunday Went Unpunished
EPL Newcastle United has accused the FA of presiding over disciplinary procedures that are ''not fit for purpose" after learning that Wilgan Athletic forward Callum McManaman will not be punished for his "extremely dangerous" challenge on left back Massadio Haïdara, according to Tony Barrett of the LONDON TIMES. English football’s governing body "had been under pressure to take retrospective action" against McManaman for the lunge that led to Haïdara being carried off during the first half of Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat by Wigan in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. However, after a meeting of the FA’s governance department, "it was decided that no further action would be take." The decision "provoked fury" from Newcastle, who immediately released a statement from Managing Dir Derek Llambias which he "condemned the FA" for failing to punish McManaman and also expressed disappointment at the claim by Wigan Chair Dave Whelan that the tackle had been “fair” (LONDON TIMES, 3/20).