Latics get THIRD apology

Roberto Martinez roars his disaproval at the ref on Saturday

Roberto Martinez roars his disaproval at the ref on Saturday

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ENGLAND’S referees’ chief has offered a grovelling apology to Wigan Athletic for the off-side howlers that could cost the club its place in the Premier League.

As the Latics prepare to face champions Manchester United hoping for a change of luck, they have received what is now the third official “sorry” for dodgy decisions this season.

Completion of this unwelcome hat-trick was made in the wake of Wigan’s controversial 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday after which assistant linesman Dave Bryan was almost universally slammed for allowing both off-side goals from the home team to stand.

The apology was issued by referees’ boss Mike Riley but it counted for little with manager Roberto Martinez today.

He said: “We don’t gain any retrospective joy or satisfaction from receiving apologies from match officials.”

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (WEDNESDAY) ...