Video- Callum McManaman Haidara Challenge- McManaman tackle on Massadio Haidara NUFC Wigan 2013

By Soccer Blog | Mar 17, 2013

This Callum McManaman challenge on Massadio Haidara ( GIF BELOW) was a serious talking point in the Wigan vs Newcastle United game on March 17, 2013. McManaman’s horror challenge on Haidara brought back memories of the Roy Keane Alf Inge Haaland episode to the minds of some and saw the Magpies player stretchered off the field and replaced by James Perch. McManaman was not carded ( neither red nor yellow) by referee Mark Halsey for the tackle and NUFC assistant manager John Carver was sent to the stands following a furious altercation

( Around 0:35 on the video above is the challenge and 0:44 on the vid below)

Haidara himself had been on the pitch for barely 10 minutes as a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy. Newcastle lost the game 2-1 with Arouna Kone scoring a late goal for the Latics.

McManaman challenge on Haidara- Wigan 1 Newcastle 0- 22′

( Credits of this McManaman Haidara tackle video with uploaders)

33 Comments so far
  1. Sean March 17, 2013 5:29 pm

    How on earth did the ref not see that? Could result in Haidara breaking his leg ffs

  2. what an entrance March 17, 2013 5:34 pm

    and this lad was making his first Premier league start. whatttt annnnn entraaaannnnnnnncccccceeee

    Surely he’ll remember it for life and i’m sure haidara will too

  3. W green March 17, 2013 6:47 pm

    Wigan athletic manager has defended the lad Mcmanan,Martinez is a disgrace and should apologise for coming to the defence of his player. Enthusiasm is no excuse for the reckless challenge. Stupidity springs to mind. Martinez is a disgrace. I have watched football for 40 years and its the 1st time I felt compelled to comment. He could have ended the Newcastle defenders career and he comes out in his defence.

  4. Lianne March 17, 2013 7:01 pm

    It’s high, studs showing – that’s a red card immaterial of whether or not he actually makes any contact. The fact that he does make contact just means you’ve also got a badly injured player 🙁

    Martinez is usually a reasonable manager with his post-match comments, but enough of this “he’s not that type of player” nonsense. Just admit that your player was wrong and made a really bad challenge.

  5. FPS March 17, 2013 7:03 pm

    I’ve always liked Roberto as a manager, but you can’t defend that. Yes, he’s your player, but saying he’s “not that sort of boy” and he “got the ball” is just a load of sh***.

  6. slider March 17, 2013 7:41 pm

    wern’t that bad..

  7. Talkin Rubbish March 17, 2013 7:55 pm

    @ Slider, you ready to take Haidara’s place in that challenge bru?

    Considering Tiote got sent off for much, much less against Steven Fletcher earlier this season, I’d be mad as a Newcastle fan that this went unpunished. Linesman and referee, what were you doing young sirs?

  8. Neutral observer March 17, 2013 8:19 pm

    @ Slider you are an idiot, plain and simple. You should have a word with yourself

  9. Phillip Wand March 17, 2013 11:26 pm

    I’ve had that challenge done to me and I ended up with knee ligament damage. The person that did it simply said that he “loathed me”, but I don’t think you can assume McManaman was similarly motivated. Most likely it was just good old-fashioned stupidity. Simply sheer, mind-numbing idiocy

  10. Justice needs to be served March 18, 2013 5:42 am

    Only fair way to deal with this: McManaman should be suspended for as long as Haidara is out or not playing to the best of his ability due to the injury incurred here.

  11. James March 18, 2013 9:13 am

    it was a great tackle i dont know what your all ranting about it may have been a tad high but still it dont mean all you can slag him off.

  12. Gavin Bayne March 18, 2013 11:03 am

    Surely this is a criminal act and the authorities should deal with it through the courts, hopefully that would get rid of scum like McManaman out of football. A big thumbs down to the Wigan fans who gave him a standing ovation when he was substituted. Saying sorry means nothing know that Haidara is probably unable to play the rest of the season and who knows how long after that. That attack not challenge made my stomach turn.

  13. Chris Johnson March 18, 2013 6:26 pm

    I was watching the game and thought it was a sickening tackle. Dave Whelan says it was a fair challenge?? I don’t think McManaman intended to hurt Haidara but he was reckless and Whelan is out of order. Red cards are shown, not just to penalise players who try to hurt opponents, but to try and prevent leg-breaking or career-ending tackles. If that tackle wasn’t the perfect example, I don’t know what is. McManaman should be punished.

  14. Barry Gardner March 18, 2013 11:14 pm

    James March @ 9.13 am – “A tad high”? You’ve got to be kidding…it’s well above the knee! And he didn’t get the ball! Disgraceful tackle and he should be banned for life!!!

  15. Stuie burke March 19, 2013 12:37 am

    Absolutely disgraceful tackle and an even more disgraceful backing by dave whelen.
    The player was never watching the ball, he had 2 feet off the ground and tackled above knee. I have never in my life (bar roy keanes) seen a challenge like it. If you throw 2 feet, studs showing, towards a players knee in order to win a ball you dont deserve to represent a football team. You forget all the children watching and taking note of these footballers and to not punish this would send an extremely negative message. To be fair to alan pardew when tiote for sent off for a reckless challenge he stated tiote deserved the punishment. That is the difference between passionite managing and being an honest individual. Mcmanaman should serve a ban equal to the injury period and Whelen should be fined for supporting such a terrible act of stupidity. There has never been a better time for the FA to send a strong message out.

  16. Dave Longworth March 19, 2013 12:45 am

    You bunch of whingeing babies. Yes badly judged tackle re where the ball was but what a sad game we have now where tough tackling raises this sort of hysteria!! Yes mistimed and bad result but if we dont want tackling then lets invent a new game called non contact footy. Its supposed to be a contact sport, people get hurt, live with it or ruin the game!!

  17. John Smith March 19, 2013 1:08 am

    There was nothing wrong with Callum McManaman’s challenge. It was just a good old-fashioned, rugged English tackle. He got the ball and did not go in two-footed. Haidara’s horrendous first touch made the challenge inevitable: the ball went flying in the air after his touch.

    McManaman should not face any kind of punishment. We English must protect our own against foreigners.

  18. Jon Harrison March 19, 2013 2:52 am

    A red card ban should be applied. Simple as that. You can tell the kid did not intend to go at the player. He simply missed the ball and could not correct himself at all.

    It was a mistake and no more than that. As for the stupid idiot who mentioned the police, get a grip fool!

  19. Mike Oxlong March 19, 2013 8:49 am

    Yellow card for diving ://///

  20. Bob March 19, 2013 8:51 am

    He did make contact with ball though…I think 🙂

  21. Dave March 19, 2013 10:08 am

    Have any of you trolls saying it was a good tackle ever actually played football, or had the misfortune to get a bad injury through it.
    McManaman should be banned, he didn’t go for the ball he went in studs up and could have ended the lads career.
    Cowards tackle, supported by morons!

  22. footymad March 19, 2013 11:03 am

    great tackle… ???? not even recognised as a tackle ,he never even touched the ball.. yes he took a bad touch leaving the opportunity for a challenge but as a player you know if you don’t get the ball (which he does not as the footage at the top of the page clearly shows) you run the risk of causing injury to the opposite player and yourself. even before all this nonsense about tackling from behind etc began, that challenge would of seen red it is far too high and mistimed and never caught any of the ball as haidaras second touch beat him. To defend it is lunacy its dangerous and that is what fifa is trying to cut out i agree hard tackling should remain in the game but that sort of challenge is what schoolboys commit, a better player would not have dived in and simply steeped of and taken the ball from haidara when he took his second touch or haidara would of shielded himself between mcmanaman and the ball either way a proffesional footballer should know better the challenge was to risky even with the window of opportunity opend.. bad sportmanship from wigan player and management. at this level you should know when a challenge can made or not….

  23. Andua Martin March 19, 2013 1:22 pm

    The ref ignored the BRUTAL tackle because the injured player is BLACK-simply racism. I see that day in day out in decisions of refs wen it comes to black-versus-white.

  24. KeepCalm March 19, 2013 4:35 pm

    It’s an accidentally bad challenge for which he should have been booked as although not malicious it was reckless. He’s going for the ball, in fact trying to clear it, it ends up looking bad because he doesn’t quite get there to make a full connection with the ball and the momentum of him swinging his foot to clear carries him through, with leg extended, to land on Haidara’s leg – his intent was to clear the ball not snap Haidara’s leg.

    Also a few points for those who are obviously blind his studs actually catch the ball, he doesn’t lunge two footed, he ends up with both feet off the ground as a result of the collision and it is on Haidara’s knee not “well above the knee”. Yes I play football regularly and have been on the end of tackles like this, mostly from forwards/attacking players that are genuinely challenging for the ball but mistime or don’t judge it correctly – a few have been from what can only be described as “nasty bastards” whose sole intention is to harm others – a players character is an important factor to consider. I don’t know McManaman as a person so who am I to judge him, appears most above seem to have met him and spent time getting to know him mind…….

  25. David Rufus March 19, 2013 5:45 pm

    Andua – seriously mate get a grip. Racism is abhorrent and totally unacceptable but take your agenda elsewhere and talk about the football. Your deluded vendetta means you clearly don’t remember Ian Wright on Peter Schmeichel in the 90’s. And Evra got justice last season didn’t he? To suggest refs are all racist is utterly ridiculous. On anoter point Martinez and Whelan are a disgrace for defending te tackle…. and these people saying he got the ball – are you actually stupid, he got a fly’s breath on the ball which doesn’t really count. You lot soun like Wigan fans.

  26. akcita March 20, 2013 12:24 pm

    Well, at least Mcmanaman didn’t call him a racial epithet…the FA should be pleased about that…..

  27. Paul MArtin March 20, 2013 12:30 pm

    I’m glad to see some people recognising that there was no malice. It’s a bloody terrible tackle – I was at the game and we all knew it was terrible – but the lad didn’t set out to hurt. Mistimed the bounce – he does get a touch you can clearly see that – but he goes over the top of it into the player. Should have been a red all day long – but please, this self-righteous and self-serving indignation on the part of so many so-called supporters is really hard to take.

    Hope the lad makes a full and quick recovery. Very sorry that it happened – as I’m sure Calum is too.

  28. Tony March 21, 2013 12:51 am

    Deffo went for the ball, but that does not excuse his poor timing, and follow through. The way footy is today, no one would have been surprised to see him go. Never saw the match, but can understan if none of the refs saw it. Otherwise, I can possibly see how an official thought as I did – that he went for the ball. Happens a lot faster than slow motion on the pitch. Still, the contact was pretty alarming.

    Footy is not fair at times Johnny Evans clearly went in 2 footed with Shelvey at Anfield, and because the former lay there like a big Manc blouse crying, the man in black sent off the boy with the reputation. United then have there other big blouse Nani sent off in most humoerous circumstances against Madrid. It all comes back full circle in the end.

    Time to move on, nothing to see here except more dodgy officiating.

  29. laighty March 21, 2013 12:03 pm

    why are you ranting on this page i think you all need to get a life as there is nothing you can do to change what has happened so please go away and do something other than sat at your computer writing abuse to a young lad that made a mistake.

  30. laighty March 21, 2013 12:04 pm

    he got the ball before the man get over it

  31. tony March 21, 2013 2:51 pm

    David Rufus, evra got what he wanted, it was,nt justice. Swarez deserved justice he did,nt get it.

  32. David Rufus March 25, 2013 3:42 pm

    Yea, I’m sure the self-righteous scousers would have been so magnanimous if the evra thing had happened the other way around. Can you imagine the indignation if it was Johnson claiming Hernandez had abused him? Either way LFC always do everything correctly and with a quiet dignity that the likes of man United, Arsenal and Spurs just don’t have. Clearly you support Liverpool so you are biased…I viewed that whole thing as a neutral (I support Newcastle) and God knows I don’t like man u, but Liverpool were disgraceful. Suarez admitted calling him ‘little black’ or ‘negrito’….go up to black guy at work and call him that and see what happens. This is about Wigan…my post was in response to an idiot throwing the racist card around. Something you clearly can’t lance from your own mind. Why has this turned into scousers slagging off man u…God you lot are pathetic.

  33. David Rufus March 25, 2013 3:50 pm

    Obsessed Liverpool fans need to get over the fact that man u are miles better than you. I support Newcastle and saw the whole Evra thing as a neutral and Liverpool acted without dignity. Can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot…kopites would have gone mental about one of their players being abuse!! Go to work tomorrow mate. Go up to a black guy and start calling him little black (negrito). If you think this ok and the reaction of your boss is over the top you may as well go and join the EDL. Bitter scousers on here, it is pathetic…totally playing into man u hands there boys, this has just turned into Liverpool bashing man utd because you’ve had another shite season….like Newcastle!

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