Boss Martinez shaken by FA charge

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 3-0. 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 Argentinian. 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.