Martinez to put together DVD defence for FA charge after Old Trafford outburst
21:42 GMT, 27 September 2012
Roberto Martinez will contest his FA
charge and is putting together DVD evidence to back his belief that
Wigan get a raw deal every time they visit Old Trafford.
The Wigan manager faces a disciplinary
hearing after claiming his side had 'not been measured the same way' by
referee Michael Oliver in their 4-0 defeat by Manchester United earlier
The charge relates to an FA rule
concerning media comments that might appear to question the impartiality
of match officials, but Martinez is adamant he can prove his innocence.
Decision: Roberto Martinez is set to appeal
'I absolutely did not impugn Michael
Oliver's integrity,' he said. 'I was speaking about the situation as a
whole, and what has happened to us in our past four visits to Old
'It was not opinion, it was fact, and
we can back it up by collating all the key incidents that have gone
against us in that time. Danny Welbeck got away with exactly the same
sort of challenge that cost Hugo Rodallega a straight red card two years
ago, so we are not being measured the same way.
'I want to be at the hearing to
present my case, and it would make sense to have visual evidence to back
it up. It wasn't an emotional outburst, and it never crossed my mind
that I might get a call from the FA. I was surprised, because I never
once suggested anyone was doing it on purpose. I was simply saying the
reality is that not one single decision has gone our way in four years
of going to Old Trafford.
'It's hard enough going to places like
Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and The Emirates. If decisions go against
you, it becomes impossible. That's why I said you need a strong
referee, with a strong clear mind, for those games, and I stand by
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