Martinez reveals Riley talks

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Roberto Martinez

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has revealed he has been in contact with referees chief Mike Riley following Saturday's controversial 3-3 draw with Blackburn at the DW Stadium.

Rovers' second goal came when Morten Gamst Pedersen appeared to dribble the ball straight from a corner before crossing for Junior Hoilett to score. Referee Andre Marriner, who allowed the effort to stand, is not taking charge of a match this weekend.

The incident left Martinez fuming, and he said: "I spoke with Mike Riley and he faced the situation."

He added: "I think he was a real credit to the association and to the referees in general.

"Obviously, it is a very difficult action to explain, but I just want to move on.

"It is not something that you are going to see on a football pitch too often and I saw it as very careless at that moment.

"It is something you need to get right. It is not down to judgement - it is probably one of the few aspects where refereeing in a game is black and white, with no grey areas.

"You have to deal with it with a little bit more care."

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