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Haidara: Let off "hard to swallow"

Newcastle's Haidara lies on the ground clutching his knee after the challenge from McManaman
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Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara says he feared his career had been ''ruined'' by Callum McManaman's knee-high tackle and finds it ''hard to swallow'' that the English Football Association took no action against the Wigan midfielder.

McManaman escaped punishment for his violent challenge on Haidara in the Premier League last Sunday after the FA said this week its rules don't allow retroactive action in this case.

In an interview on Thursday with French daily Le Parisien, Haidara says he ''thought that McManaman had broken my leg in two or killed my knee'' and ''I told myself that maybe I would never play football again.''

McManaman was not sent off and the FA said it could not impose a retroactive ban.

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