Scudamore surprised by FA’s McManaman decision

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore believes that Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman should have been punished for his tackle on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara, according to Sky Sports.

The Football Association opted not to punish McManaman retrospectively for his horror lunge on Haidara during Wigan’s 2-1 victory over the Magpies last weekend.

But Scudamore has expressed his surprise at the lack of disciplinary action against the winger, who will now be free to participate in the Premier League fixture run-in.

Scudamore said: “When it comes to retrospective action, whether there are currently hard and fast rules which say the FA couldn’t look at that, I don’t think there is anyone in football who would have criticised them had they decided on this occasion they could have done something.

That is a very different thing than completely opening it up to re-refereeing every single incident, we don’t want that to happen. But…if the FA had come out and decided to take some action, I don’t think anybody in the game…would have criticised them for doing that.

French defender Haidara, who signed for Alan Pardew’s side from Nancy in January this year, is yet to learn of the full extent of his injury.

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