UK time is: 09:50:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Martinez Unfazed Over Attwell Appointment


Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is being incredibly diplomatic regarding the referee appointment for the Latics Saturday clash with Manchester City.

In the corresponding fixture last season Stuart Attwell refereed the match, he sent off Latics skipper Gary Caldwell for what he termed a 'two-footed challenge`, the sending off came with the game poised at 0-0, City went on to win the game comfortably 3-0 and Martinez was left seething at the ref`s decision.

Seething is probably an understatement and after the game the Latics boss went on TV and heavily criticised the performance of Attwell saying: 'We are all human beings and we all make mistakes, but to give a decision after something you don't see, that is lying, you are making it up'

'He (Attwell) said he saw Gary Caldwell with both feet off the ground. That's why he gave the red card. But Gary Caldwell only went with one foot. That is a real injustice.'


Following Martinez`s comments he was summoned up to the FA, charged, fined and warned about his future conduct. So surprise, surprise who do we find in charge of the game this season, none other than Stuart Attwell

The ever diplomatic Martinez says he is surprised that Attwell`s been appointed but not perturbed and he is sure that 'Stuart` will have a good game. Martinez said: 'It was the first time I had been fined and it was disappointing because it was a big decision.

'I know how difficult the role of the referee is but it was just that particular incident.

'The more you watch it on television - my player got heavily punished in a very important game and then got suspended for three games in a relegation scrap for a two-footed challenge he never made.

'That is something that is difficult to take but it is water under the bridge.

'Now it is time to look forward and make sure Stuart can enjoy his refereeing in the game on Saturday.

'It was a little bit of a surprise to see him in this fixture.

'There are too many similarities to what happened last season - it is an evening kick-off, live on the same TV channel - but I am sure he will be composed and at his best.

'I know Stuart has been refereeing very well, he is a referee with a very bright future.'


Why not take a look at our totally unbiased `Meet the Ref` article ahead of the game to get the complete low down on Hapless Attwell.



Join The Vital Debate



Bookmark and Share












Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 3 2011

Time: 3:33PM

Your Comments

Martinez might be unfazed but I'm totally fazed by Attwells appointment!!!
worbo
Whelan could ref all of the remaining games but the team would still go down which is exactly what him and his gang of three deserve. I feel sorry for the players and supporters but Im afraid Whelan didnt have the balls to sack Roberto when the writing was on the wall before Christmas.
Standish mon
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough (Saturday November 22 2014)

Latics v Boro Big Game Preview (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford v Latics Fixture Time Change (Thursday November 20 2014)

Malky Mackay Appointed New Latics Boss (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Have Your Say At The Latics (Tuesday November 18 2014)

A Message From Boycey To The Fans (Tuesday November 18 2014)

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Whittleblue 196
2. worbo 133
3. scotdave 126
4. hindleymonwafc 114
5. russialatic 114
6. Pauvre Jean 111
7. Jonny_SuffolkLatic 110
8. albert jckson 94
9. Oscarbon 94
10. loudmouthblue 89

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 2 Ipswich
Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Wigan 3 - 3 Fulham
Wigan 4 - 0 Birmingham
Charlton 2 - 1 Wigan
Bolton 3 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18
21. Rotherham 18 4 6 8 -10 18
22. Wigan 18 3 8 7 -4 17
23. Bolton 17 5 2 10 -7 17
24. Blackpool 17 1 4 12 -18 7

Breaking League News

LUFC Leeds Fan View v Blackburn Rovers
Leeds Utd : 23/11/2014 09:19:00
LUFC Redfearn left frustrated
Leeds Utd : 23/11/2014 09:00:00
Reds In 10m Move For Redmond
Norwich : 23/11/2014 08:50:00
LUFC Redfearn - Penalty decision was a joke
Leeds Utd : 23/11/2014 08:39:00
Huddersfield 0-0 Sheff Wednesday: A game to forget
Huddersfield : 23/11/2014 08:24:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Todays Game?
Suggested By:  Les Dawson
Latics Win 60%
Boro Win 20%
Draw 20%