Rudy Funk: Hard times for youngster McManaman

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One sad thing that came out of the Premier League fixtures at the weekend was the spotlight being placed on Wigan’s Callum McManaman.

His tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara was horrific, but there are a few things you have to take into account.

McManaman is a young lad and he was making his first start in the Premier League.

If you rewind a few minutes from the incident, he cut in and delivered a perfect cross into the box, so he was obviously pumped up.

If you have never played the game you won’t realise how he felt at that time.

It is amazing how things can go from being so right to so wrong though.

His tackle was horrible and you can’t forgive that.

McManaman isn’t that kind of player, he is a gifted lad. You could tell in his manager Roberto Martinez’s after-match interview that he was very distressed.

I feel for McManaman, but you also have to feel for Haidara, who could be sidelined for a long time.

The referee Mark Halsey wasn’t at fault because what you can’t see you just can’t see.

That is where his linesman and video evidence comes into play.

Despite that, McManaman hasn’t been charged by the FA, which is something I find a little bit strange.

He probably needed sitting down, patting on the back, handing a two-match ban and telling that you can’t get away with tackles like that.

Things are a little different as you go further down the pyramid because we don’t have the technology that the top level enjoys.

At our level other things come into account.

The minds of referees can be made up by other issues.

If you look at Tommy Adams’ tackle earlier this season against Liversedge, that was a perfect example.

He clearly won the ball, but because of the reactions of the Liversedge players he was given a red card.

Unfortunately that is one of the things you have to put up with at this level, but you just get on with it.