Comments could land Martinez in hot water

Sun, 08 Apr 13:23:13 2012

Roberto Martinez is waiting to discover whether he faces a Football Association charge for his outspoken attack on assistant referee Dave Bryan and officials in general after Wigan's Chelsea sickener.

Press Association Sport understands the FA will examine Latics boss Martinez's comments in which he branded Bryan's performance in his side's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat as "disgusting" and "horrific".

A "furious" Martinez claimed his side had been "robbed" by Bryan's failure to chalk off both Chelsea goals, which replays proved were scored from offside positions.

Without naming Bryan, the Spaniard absolved referee Mike Jones of blame and questioned the competence of his assistant to make "easy calls", going on to suggest "little Wigan" had been treated unfairly by officials on several other occasions.

The FA may elect to write to Martinez to ask him to explain his comments before deciding whether to charge the 38-year-old.

Wigan were twice set for a deserved draw before each of Chelsea's controversial goals, substitute Mohamed Diame brilliantly cancelling out Branislav Ivanovic's blatantly-offside opener before Juan Mata's marginally-offside 93rd-minute winner prevented them climbing out of the bottom three for the first time in almost four months.


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