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Jeff Winter says Wigan forward should have been banned

Massadio Haidara was stretchered off after Callum McManaman's challenge Photo: PA

Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter says the Football Association should have taken action against Wigan's Callum McManaman after his horror tackle on Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara.

The challenge during the first-half of Latics' 2-1 win at the DW Stadium on Sunday resulted in the Frenchman being carried off on a stretcher. However, television replays showed the referees view of the incident was blocked, and he didn't see it. Therefore no foul was given and the tackle went unpunished.

The FA said in a statement that it can act retrospectively if an incident has been missed during match, but the organisation said one match official did see McManaman's tackle and so they cannot take action.

However, Jeff Winter says the FA should have punished the Wigan forward. He said:

"The fact that the FA are not now going to take retrospective action against a tackle like that is absolutely amazing.

"I think everybody in football would be expecting McManaman to get a miumum of a three match ban for this."

– Jeff Winter, former Premier League referee

Haidara has undergone a scan on his injury this week, but the Magpies say further tests will need to be done find out the full extent of the problem.

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