Newcastle United stay silent in McManaman row

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NEWCASTLE United have refused to be drawn into a war of words with Wigan Athletic in the aftermath of Callum McManaman’s reckless lunge at Massadio Haidara.

Haidara – who suffered knee and thigh injuries in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at the DW Stadium – yesterday underwent a scan.

And the club – which is yet to respond to Latics chairman Dave Whelan’s astonishing defence of McManaman – is expected to today give an update on Haidara, who has suffered ligament and muscle damage.

There are fears the 20-year-old’s season is over, though it is understood the left-back has not suffered a break.

The scan results were last night being examined by the club’s medical staff.

McManaman, Newcastle assistant manager John Carver and Wigan coach Graham Barrow are all facing Football Association charges relating to events on and off the pitch.

With referee Mark Halsey having not seen the tackle, McManaman is expected to charged with violent conduct and punished retrospectively with a three-game ban, while Carver and Barrow face action over an altercation as the teams left the field.

Carver went to speak to McManaman as he headed for the tunnel, and was confronted by Barrow.

Both were sent to the stands by Halsey, who apologised to United manager Alan Pardew during the interval for being unsighted. Linesman Matthew Wilkes, however, had a clear view of the incident, yet he didn’t raise his flag.

There was no fresh comment from Newcastle yesterday on the challenge, Haidara’s injury or a series of interviews given by Whelan, who insisted an “upset” McManaman should not be punished.

“The ball was there, and McManaman got the ball as clear as a whistle, then followed through and they collided,” said Whelan.

“The referee was 15 yards from the tackle. I don’t think his view was blocked. He had a clear view. I had a clear view in the stands.

“He hasn’t gone over the ball. That’s an accident. There is not one ounce of malice in (him). He’s an enthusiastic young boy. He has got great prospects. He was very upset by it all.”

However, there is deep anger within St James’s Park at the tackle and the comments made by Whelan, a former business rival of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

Pardew, furious at what he had seen, kept his emotions in check in his post-match interviews. Using measured language, he branded the challenge from 21-year-old McManaman – who was making his full Premier League debut – “awful”.

He was also unhappy that a handball from Maynor Figueroa was missed in the build-up to Arouna Kone’s 90th-minute winner.