Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman was as it again yesterday as he was sent off for a lunging tackle against Bournemouth in their 1-0 defeat in the Championship, bringing back memories of his horror tackle on Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara last season.
McManaman’s assault on Haidara at the DW Stadium last season was one of the moments that angered Newcastle fans most, as he avoided a red card and then Wigan chairman David Whelan had the cheek to defend the decision.
Thankfully for Haidara, the young left back was only out for a couple of weeks and the Frenchman was lucky to avoid a much more serious injury and a substantially longer lay-off.
Roberto Martinez was quick to point out that McManaman ‘wasn’t that type of player’, but it appears that the Spaniard has been proved wrong as the winger has been at it again.
McManaman was given a straight red for his tackle on Bournemouth’s Brett Pitman, lunging in two-footed as shown in the video below…
After the game Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “I thought it was a high challenge and his exuberance took him in a bit quick. I don’t think it was malicious but I think it was a red card.”
Howe continued: “He doesn’t have a reputation, referees judge the tackles on their merit,” but if he carries on like this he will have a reputation!
That clearly wasn’t as bad as last season’s effort, which is below as a reminder…