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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after he accused referee Stuart Attwell of 'lying'.

Martinez was left livid by the performance of the official following the Latics' 3-0 defeat by Manchester City at Eastlands, with the game turning on the second-half dismissal of defender Gary Caldwell.

Caldwell saw red in the 56th minute with the scores locked at 0-0 after a challenge on Carlos Tevez, with the Argentina international going on to score a 12-minute hat-trick against the 10-man visitors.

After the game, the angry Spaniard insisted the Premier League's youngest referee couldn't see the tackle properly to judge it, and that Tevez was as much at fault.

"I cannot understand how you can give something you can't see. To give a red card you have to be certain," Martinez said in the wake of the defeat.


"Gary said he went in really strong and got the ball. Carlos Tevez saw it and jumped off the ground, he is the one who left both feet in.

"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. That is hard to take.

"He (the referee) 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."

The FA wrote to the DW Stadium manager asking him to explain his comments and have now issued an improper conduct charge, while Wigan elected not to appeal Caldwell's dismissal.

A statement on the FA's official website read: "The charge relates to media comments made about referee Stuart Atwell following Wigan's match against Manchester City on 29th March.

"Martinez has until 22nd April to respond to the charge."

when are the fa gonna see the light and sack this tw4t he's fookin useless :mad:

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