Players’ chiefs back Magpies over tackle row

PLAYERS’ union chief Gordon Taylor has thrown his weight behind Newcastle’s demand that the Football Association amend their disciplinary procedures and implement a review panel.

A knee-high challenge from Wigan’s Callum McManaman on defender Massadio Haidara went unpunished in Sunday’s match, but was subsequently condemned.

However, the FA said they were unable to take retrospective action against McManaman, leading Newcastle to brand their procedures “not fit for purpose”, and Taylor agrees with the north-east club’s stance.

“We have been asking for some time for a panel of experienced people from within the game to look on a Monday morning at simulation, any abuse, tackles or red cards,” said the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

“When we have technology there has got to be an ability to look at things and take appropriate action if necessary.”

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle believes McManaman’s tackle was indefensible and feels the FA’s lack of action will lead to supporters at rival clubs venting their anger at the 21-year-old.

“Opposition fans will probably take retrospective action of their own by booing him,” said Carlisle.