Premier League - Haidara: FA's inaction on McManaman tackle 'ridiculous'

Massadio Haidara has condemned as "ridiculous" the Football Association's decision not to take retrospective action over Callum McManaman's horror tackle at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

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Newcastle's Massadio Haidara (AFP)

The Newcastle player was stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury following the incident and is still waiting to discover the extent of the damage.

And while Haidara insists he bears McManaman no ill will over the incident, he cannot understand why the Wigan player will not be punished due to it being seen by at least one match official.

Haidara told Le Parisien: "It's tough to take. I don't understand why [how he wasn't retrospectively punished]. He could have ended my career and ruined my whole life and he will play again before I do - ridiculous.

"You must protect players. This type of tackle cannot be condoned in football. You have to take all measures to ban these sorts of things from the game. It spoils the game. The authorities must take action."

Haidara admitted he feared the worst immediately after the challenge in the first half of the Magpies' 2-1 defeat on Saturday.

He added: "It was horrible. I was in shock. I told myself that maybe I would never play football again. I had never seen such a tackle in my life.

"I've had some checks and the ligaments are not damaged. I am relieved. I thought McManaman had broken my leg or destroyed my knee.

"At the time I was very angry. Now I know I escaped a serious injury, I have taken time to stand back from it and I am not angry.

"I simply hope it will serve as a lesson for him and the next time he will think twice before making a tackle like that. I hope when he watched it back he told himself that wasn't who he really was."

While McManaman will escape retrospective punishment, Newcastle assistant manager John Carver and Wigan assistant coach Graham Barrow have been charged with misconduct by the FA after they clashed following the incident.

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