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Amateur Wigan team invited to play at St James' Park

An amateur team whose match was abandoned when hundreds of fans heading for a Premier League game wrecked nets and stole their ball have been invited to play a game at St James' Park in Newcastle.

Newcastle United made the gesture to Wigan Cosmos after supporters got off coaches and caused trouble before their controversial clash with Wigan Athletic on 17 March.

The minnows, whose players pay for the pleasure of turning out, were left around £200 out of pocket after nets were damaged by fans who had just got off coaches.

They also climbed on the goalposts and someone stole a match ball costing £65.

When Cosmos issued a statement about the trouble, fans of Newcastle United held a whip-round to cover the cost of the damage, and the club offered to pay for any losses.

Wigan Athletic also invited the amateurs for a trip round the DW Stadium and gave them a ball and £200.

Newcastle United have now invited Cosmos to play a match at their 52,000-capacity St James' Park stadium.

The Lancashire team will play a team made up of United's admin staff on 20 May.

Newcastle confirm no serious injury for Haidara

Defender Massadio Haidara had to be stretchered off during last weekend's game Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United have confirmed that this week's big football story may have a happy ending.

The club have announced that Massadio Haidara has escaped serious injury following a dangerous tackle by Wigan Athletic player Callum McManaman last Sunday.

The Frenchman could be back in action early next month.

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Teenager arrested over malicious tweet to McManaman

Police have arrested a Northumberland teenager over a tweet sent to a footballer at the centre of a controversial tackle which injured a Newcastle United player.

Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman has been in the spotlight since his challenge on Newcastle United full back Massadio Haidara on Sunday.

He has been strongly criticised for the tackle, which saw the French under 21 player stretchered from the field, though he received no card during the game and the FA has since said that he will face no retrospective punishment.

A 17-year-old from Ashington, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of making a malicious communication on Twitter, Northumbria Police said, and issued with a fixed penalty notice.

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No punishment for Wigan's Callum McManaman

Wigan forward Callum McManaman has escaped any retrospective action from the Football Association following his studs-up challenge on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara.

The FA confirmed that the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials - even though referee Mark Halsey was unsighted - meaning that retrospective action cannot be taken.

Haidara suffered potentially serious knee ligament damage after the challenge by 21-year-old McManaman, but no action was taken against the Wigan player during the match.

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