Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has slammed the FA for their decision not to punish Callum McManaman.
The Wigan youngster left Massadio Haidara injured after a reckless challenge during the clubs’ weekend clash, an incident referee Mark Halsey missed.
However, one or more other officials saw the offense, meaning that the governing body, due to its stance on retrospective punishment, can take no action.
Llambias was furious with the verdict, and suggested in a statement on the club’s official website that the FA current policies need altering:
“It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose.
“Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara.
“Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials.”
He went on to say that Newcastle will ask the FA to change their disciplinary process in order to avoid similar incidents in the future:
“We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity.”
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan revealed that he saw McMamaman’s actions as “fair” and that tackles of such nature are merely a part of football.
Llambias criticised this view saying that the attacker’s actions were not legal in the game and should be punished:
“It was not a fair challenge,
“This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.”
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