The Football Association have fined Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has been fined £10,000 (c. €12,500) after admitting a charge of misconduct in relation to comments made after his side’s game against Manchester United in September.
A statement on www.theFA.com read: “The charge was in relation to a 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 had requested a personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct.”
The 39 year-old was frustrated after his side’s 4-0 defeat at the home of the ‘Red Devils’, during which England striker Danny Welbeck was awarded a controversial penalty following what seemed to be very little contact from Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. Wellbeck in fact appeared to throw himself to the ground when he realized he had lost control of the ball and that it was running out of play.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Martinez said: “You and I know what Wellbeck is trying to do (in the penalty incident). I have come to United three times before and we don’t seem to be measured in the same manner as the team at home.
“Today the penalty is as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League.”