No further action over skipper

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WIGAN Athletic won’t be taking any further action after skipper Gary Caldwell was forced to undergo emergency dental treatment this week following a collision with Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko last Saturday.

The striker appeared to elbow the Wigan skipper in the mouth during the 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium and it was revealed this week that he had to have three teeth put back into place following the challenge.

A similar incident in February which saw Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney lash out at James McCarthy off the ball went unpunished by the FA.

Manager Roberto Martinez says the club won’t be taking any further action as he doesn’t believe in reviewing incidents after games and a referee’s decision should be final.

“I felt really bad for Gary because it was a very, very nasty elbow,” he explained.

“How intentional that was is very difficult to prove and only the player knows that. In those situations, I just prefer to allow the referee to make the decision.

“If he couldn’t see anything, I don’t believe in being retrospective into an action as that takes you nowhere really.”

Another reason Latics won’t be contacting the FA is the fact that Spurs will be coming up against Blackpool and West Brom in the next few weeks – two of Wigan’s fellow relegation candidates.

“Spurs will play other games against teams that are around us too,” added Martinez.

“I just felt that it was a really nasty action from him and Gary had three teeth out of position and has been very, very fortunate that the dentist has been able to put them back in and it is not going to be a problem for the future.

“When you look at the mouth of Gary Caldwell, it couldn’t stop bleeding and the teeth were really out of position – it was a nasty sign of how dangerous elbows can be and I cannot believe that it wasn’t intentional.”

Earlier this season, Caldwell was forced to wear a mask when he suffered a fractured cheekbone in the fixture with West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Latics travel to Stamford Bridge tomorrow with a full squad to choose from thanks to a clean bill of health.