Insult to Injury: Newcastle Assistant Manager John Carver Charged by FA


Newcastle United’s Assistant Manager, John Carver, has been officially charged by the FA for his involvement in confronting Wigan’s Callum McManaman. During Sunday’s EPL clash between Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United McManaman’s awful tackle was followed up by Carver confronting the Wigan player at half time. Carver was then pushed by one of Wigan’s coaches, Graham Barrow.

Carver was also accosted by DW Stadium stewards who surrounded him and also laid their hands on him.

I feel that this only adds insult to injury, quite literally. Not only is nothing being done about McManaman or even Barrow’s involvement, but now the FA is charging Carver. Carver initially seemed to approach the young Wigan player about the tackle, but it only escalated when Barrow and DW Stadium stewards stepped in and decided to get physical with the Newcastle assistant.

It is rather infuriating to see the way that this is being handled. Indeed, more people are talking about the refereeing screw-ups in the match and the controversial incidents than the match itself.

Newcastle United released their own response to the FA on Tuesday afternoon through their managing director, Derek Llambias, saying this:

“We are disappointed to learn that the FA is not going to charge the Wigan player. We were first notified of this decision by a national media outlet who received notification from the FA confirming the decision. This was prior to anyone from the FA having the courtesy to contact the club to let us know.

“It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose. Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haïdara.

“Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials. We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.

“It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career. It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.”

There was some speculation that Newcastle may pursue a legal recourse in these events, and I would applaud them for doing so.

In the meantime, Carver has until March 22nd at 4:00 pm to respond to the charge. I do think he should dispute the charge and get his day in the FA’s kangaroo court to give his own view of the situation.


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