Spit spat leaves Latics short at back

Antolin Alcaraz
Antolin Alcaraz

WIGAN Athletic look certain to be without Antolin Alcaraz until mid-December after the big centre-back was hit with an FA charge following his well-documented spit at Wolves on Sunday.

Alcaraz has been charged with spitting at an opponent in the closing stages of the 3-1 defeat at Molineux, an incident that was missed by referee Lee Probert but picked up by pitchside TV cameras.

The Paraguayan has until 6pm tonight to decide whether to accept the charge, which carries an automatic three-match suspension.

He could opt to state his case at a personal hearing, but that carries the risk of an extra match if it’s deemed a ‘frivolous’ appeal.

Given the weight of video evidence, Alcaraz would surely be on to a hiding to nothing if he chose to pursue that avenue, and he’ll meet with Roberto Martinez this morning before coming to a final decision.

The 29-year-old has remained at home despite Paraguay having a vital World Cup qualifier against Ecuador this weekend, and trained yesterday as normal with the rest of his team-mates.

He would miss the upcoming home games against Blackburn and Arsenal, as well as the trip to Sunderland in between.