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Everton manager Roberto Martinez the hypocrite

6 years ago
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You don’t want to see any professional footballer throwing their arms around and ending up catching somebody in the face, if Papiss Cisse gets a retrospective three match ban then fair enough – he deserves it.

However, the self-righteous behaviour of Roberto Martinez will not be lost on any Newcastle fan, as well  as informed and unbiased observers.

Cisse did wrong, just as happens in every match, whether it is bad tackles, dives, arms in faces or whatever – some get seen at the time and some don’t.

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I used to have  a lot of time for Martinez until March 2013 when his Wigan player Callum McManaman assaulted Massadio Haidara, with a cynical vicious lunge that could have ended the French defender’s career.

This is what the now Everton manager had to say at the time;

Roberto Martinez – March 2013

“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”.

Contrast the above with what Roberto Martinez (and the other vultures who always like to stick the knife into Newcastle) had to say about the Cisse incident, spot the difference!

Roberto Martinez – December 2014

“You don’t want to see that on a football pitch, that shouldn’t be allowed. It is unacceptable and that should have been a red card.

“When you see it on the replay there is no intention of the player to hide it. It’s just he wants to take the law into his own hands and he reacts in a manner that is very, very hard to justify.

“Actions like that shouldn’t be allowed to be on a football pitch. You don’t want to see that behaviour on a football pitch, you want to see that spotted.”

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