Boss Martinez shaken by FA charge

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been charged with improper
conduct by the FA following comments made about referee Stuart

The Latics boss was incensed following the game with
Manchester City at Eastlands on March 29 and criticised Attwell’s
decision to send off defender Gary Caldwell as his side went down

Martinez has until April 22 to respond to the charge.

Carlos Tevez found himself at the centre of the controversy
when he scored a hat-trick in 13 second-half minutes following the
dismissal of Caldwell in the 55th minute for a challenge on the

The Latics chief felt Attwell could not have seen the
incident properly and accused the official of “lying”.

Martinez said: “Gary said he went in really strong and got
the ball. Carlos Tevez saw it and jumped off the ground, he is the
one who left both feet.

“We are all human beings and we all make mistakes but to give
a decision after something you don’t see, that is lying. You are
making it up. That is hard to take.

“He (the referee) said he saw Gary Caldwell with both feet
off the ground. That’s why he gave the red card. But Gary Caldwell
only went with one foot. That is a real injustice.”

The Football Association then asked Martinez for his
observations about his controversial comments giving him until
April 6 to respond.

Martinez subsequently said he would not be appealing against
the decision or Caldwell’s three-match ban because Attwell’s
interpretation of the incident had changed.