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Martinez Defends The Indefensible

9 years ago

Roberto Martinez has been getting his retaliation/defence in first, following the horror tackle on Massadio Haidara.

The Wigan manager has claimed that it would be ‘very difficult’ for a disciplinary panel to punish his player, hmmm.

“What you need to look at in those incidents is if there is intention, a nastiness about the tackle. We aren’t a nasty team.

He (McManaman) hasn’t a nasty bone and isn’t bad intentioned.

The referee was in a perfect position and is looking at the incident, where the ball is and where the ball is hitting.

When you get the ball and then there is a follow-up, it’s very difficult for a (retrospective disciplinary) panel to punish that”.

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As it happens I do think it was a ‘nasty’ tackle, that wasn’t a normal challenge in that kind of situation and both of the player’s feet are clearly off the ground.

Martinez is right, up to a point, when he says you have to look for intention, but that isn’t the whole story.

Even if you gave the player the benefit of the doubt on that score, you also have to ask whether his challenge was reckless as to potentially hurting somebody.

I can’t believe any panel could find him innocent on that score.

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