No serious injury for Haidara

Newcastle United have confirmed that defender Massadio Haidara has escaped serious injury after last weekend's controversial tackle with Callum McManaman.

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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.


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.


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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