Newcastle considering legal action over McManaman tackle

Newcastle are examining their legal options after the tackle by Wigan forward Callum McManaman that left Massadio Haidara potentially facing a lengthy absence, the Daily Mirror has reported.

It is not yet known the extent of any damage suffered by Haidara after a scan on Monday proved inconclusive. The full-back will have a second scan later this week, with concern over Haidara’s knee and thigh, the areas that appeared to take the brunt of the impact of McManaman’s challenge.

The Mirror points out that Newcastle have been on the receiving end of legal action following a bad tackle, when Kevin Nolan broke Victor Anichebe’s right leg with a heavy, over the top challenge. Everton sued Newcastle and the case was settled out of court.

Newcastle are also said to be angry over comments made by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who defended McManaman, claiming the 21-year-old won the ball and the effect on Haidara was an accident and not deserving of an apology.

Whelan claimed that referee Mark Halsey saw the tackle and declined to give even a free-kick, but Halsey is known to have said to Magpies manager Alan Pardew that he did not see the incident, which means the Football Association is likely to charge McManaman.

Haidara is a new signing at Newcastle, moving to the North East from Nancy in the January transfer window. A France Under-21 international, Haidara has made five appearances for Newcastle.

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