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.