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.