Wigan Athletic 2-1 Newcastle
The Wigan-Newcastle match-up on Sunday proved a major talking point this weekend, and mostly due to controversial incidents. Newcastle, having had an injury to Mathieu Debuchy on 13 minutes, replaced him with Massadio Haidara. Newcastle had to make yet another substitution for Haidara, who was only on the pitch for 14 minutes, after a horrendous challenge by Wigan youngster Callum Mcmanaman,who was making his full premier league debut.
Not only was it a terrible challenge, but the referee Mark Halsey did not even blow for a foul! Replays showed not only was it worthy of a straight red card it could have been a career ending injury for Haidara.
Haidara luckily has got away with just ankle ligament damage and bruising. The tackle by Mcmanaman went unpunished at the time, and the FA have issued a statement saying the Wigan youngster will face no further punishment as the linesman saw the incident!
And later on, the game was decided with the linesman failing to flag again despite his failure to spot Wigans winning goal being handled in the build up to the goal.
Illegal Goalkeeper Handling
Sticking with officials there seem to be more and more back passes being illegally picked up by the goalkeepers and going unpunished. In the Aston Villa win over QPR this weekend Julio Cesar clearly had the ball deliberately passed back to him, which he the casually picked up.
Blackburn Rovers Managerial Dilemma
Blackburn Rovers are looking for their 4th manager of the season after the surprise sacking of Manager Michael Appleton. Appleton had only been in charge for 67 days at Ewood Park after he left former club Blackpool after only 65 days in charge.
Blackburn started the season with Steve Kean in charge, and them had Eric Black in temporary charge as well as permanent appointment Henning Berg, who only lasted 57 days. Surely this is a sign that people who don’t understand football should not be allowed to take over Football Clubs. Nigel Adkins has been installed as favorite to take the managers hot seat.
Phil Neville to Join England U-21 Coaching Staff
Phil Neville will follow brother Gary into the England’s coaching set up. Neville, still playing for Everton (aged 36), will become part of the England U-21 Coaching staff for the European Championships hosted in Israel.
Michael Owen Set to Retire
Michael Owen has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. The former England international made 89 appearances for his country and has played a big role for Stoke City this season. The 33 year old has played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, and Manchester United before a move last summer to Stoke.
Frank Lampard Scores 200th Goal
Frank Lampard scored his 200th Goal for Chelsea at the weekend and is now only 3 goals away from passing top scorer in the clubs history, Bobby Tambling, who scored 202.
Written by ChalkOnYaBoots