Martinez to contest FA charge

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is to contest an FA charge of improper conduct relating to his comments about referee Stuart Attwell following his side's 3-0 loss at Manchester City.

The Latics were eventually well beaten at Eastlands at the end of March, with the game's decisive moment coming with the score goalless when Gary Caldwell shown a straight red card for a tackle on Carlos Tevez.

Martinez was angry that referee Attwell told him that Caldwell was sent off for a two-footed challenge, although the defender did not appear to launch himself at Tevez.

He said straight after the game:"We are all human beings and we all make mistakes, but to give a decision after something you don't see, that is lying.

"You are making it up. Moments like this are very, very hard to take."

The Spaniard has now confirmed to the Evening Post:"It's really disappointing to have been charged, because all I said was the truth.

"I don't feel any different now and I'm looking forward to going down to London and meeting with the FA to explain my comments.

"I was never disrespectful to the referee. I just thought that he made a wrong decision.

"I think it's important that we clarify the situation but I stand by my comments, which I honestly don't feel were offensive in any way."

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