Roberto Martinez has defended Wigan footballer Callum McManaman for this tackle against Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara.

Here’s what Martinez said in front of the BBC Sport cameras post match:

“If you see a lot of [McManaman], you’ll realize he’s not that type of player.”

“The referee was in a very good position, and I’m sure he saw him touching the ball. And from that point on, obviously, the injury is something you don’t want to see.”

Martinez added that McManaman wanted to show his enthusiasm in his first league debut for Wigan Athletic, but a footballer needed to control his enthusiasm. “It’s good experience. We’ll make sure he learns quickly from it,” added Martinez.

In fairness to Martinez, he admitted when the interview began that he hadn’t seen the foul on TV replay. Martinez also said that if Haidara got a bad injury, “We’ll make sure as a football club that we’ll contact the boy and apologize for that.”

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