By Alan Duffy
This really is a 100% appalling tackle from Wigan winger Callum McManaman. He may have got a touch on the ball, but the player then launches himself at Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara, catching him right on the knee.
Referee Mark Halsey did look unsighted when the challenge happened and so nothing was given for the assault, but surely the FA can do something in terms of retrospective action?
At half-time, the coaching staff of both sides had a right bit of afters in the tunnel, with Magpies coach John Carver sent to the stands for the second-half along with Wigan’s Graham Barrow.
As for Haidara, who was rushed to hospital, it looks as though he has suffered serious knee ligament damage. Utterly shameful from McManaman. One wonders if Ryan Shawcross’ mum came to pick him up after the game?