Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez refused to admit that a difficult week off the pitch for the club had had anything to do with the Latics' dismal display in Saturday's 4-0 defeat at rock-bottom Portsmouth.
Martinez was forced to apologise after his comments suggesting the Football Association were scared of punishing Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson were published in a Spanish newspaper before Marlon King was sent to prison for 18 months after being found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.
However, Martinez said:"We did not have any intensity or any clarity in our play on the ball. We were very poor in everything we did on the ball. When you do that it is difficult, especially away from home.
"We could not find the right pattern in possession. Portsmouth scored at the right times and deserved to win.
"What happened in the week was not a distraction. Obviously you don't want these sort of events away from the pitch.
"We had too many this week with one of the players getting sentenced and all the paper talk. But that is not an excuse, we had enough time to prepare for the game.
"We knew the start of the game was going to be pivotal. My own situation is something I never like to get involved in. I have spoken enough about it.
"Sometimes you cannot avoid those situations, but again that is not an excuse. Today on the ball, we let ourselves down."