ROBERTO Martinez will decide today whether to accept or contest an FA charge following comments he made after the Premier League game at Manchester United earlier this month.
The Spaniard was unhappy with several aspects of Wigan’s 4-0 defeat – particularly the hugely-debatable early penalty awarded to the hosts as well as Danny Welbeck’s late challenge on Franco di Santo which he felt warranted a red card.
After the match, Martinez said: “I have come to United three times before and for whatever reason we don’t seem to be measured in the same manner as the team at home.
“The penalty is as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League. In many ways, you feel as though you are fighting against a mountain.
“There were tackles flying around that if they had been the other way round there would have been a couple of red cards.”
Martinez described Welbeck’s challenge as “completely reckless”, adding: “It is a red card, for a Wigan player, Manchester United, everyone.”
The comments prompted the FA to charge Martinez, with a statement adding: “The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.”
Martinez, who has until 4pm today to respond to the charge, has previously fallen foul of the FA for post-match comments.
Two years ago he was fined £2,250 and warned as to his future conduct after being found guilty of improper conduct following the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City when Gary Caldwell was red-carded by Stuart Attwell.
In the meantime, Martinez admits he’s been given plenty to think about following the Capital One Cup victory at West Ham on Tuesday night.
Several fringe players did their causes no harm at all with impressive displays, and the Latics chief has plenty to ponder ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland.
“Players took responsibility all over the pitch which was very pleasing after the disappointment of last weekend,” Martinez acknowledged.
“You had individual performances of a high quality, including Mauro Boselli who deserved his goals and took them very well.”