Haïdara shock at lack of action over McManaman tackle
Newcastle United defender Massadio Haïdara last night voiced his astonishment that Wigan's Callum McManaman would not face a Football Association ban for the horrific knee-high challenge on him on Sunday – a decision he said was "hard to swallow" and meant the midfielder would be playing before he would.
"I don't understand," the 20-year-old, above, said. "His tackle could have ended my career but in the end he will play football before me. We have to protect the players. I don't want to change the physical mentality, pace and commitment of football in England but we can't tolerate tackles like this."
Scans have shown no damage to his knee ligaments or broken bones in the leg – and that he escaped with substantial bruising.
But the psychological effect of the tackle, in which Haïdara says McManaman was onto him like a bombe [missile], will clearly be far harder to deal with when he returns, possibly in two or three weeks. "I need to be cautious and don't want to go back too fast," he said. "I will be apprehensive. I can't let it impede the way I play. I can't dwell on what's happened. I will get back onto my feet. I have to."
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