Martinez waiting to hear if FA will charge him for official blast
13:07 GMT, 8 April 2012
Roberto Martinez was waiting to discover whether he would face a Football Association charge for his outspoken attack on assistant referee Dave Bryan and officials in general after Wigan's Chelsea sickener.
It is understood the FA will examine Latics boss Martinez's comments in which he branded Bryan's performance in his side's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat as 'disgusting'and 'horrific'.
A 'furious' Martinez claimed his side had been “robbed” by Bryan's failure to chalk off both Chelsea goals, which replays proved were scored from offside positions.
Rage: Roberto Martinez was angry with the decisions that went against his side
Without naming Bryan, the Spaniard absolved referee Mike Jones of blame and questioned the competence of his assistant to make 'easy calls', going on to suggest 'little Wigan' had been treated unfairly by officials on several other occasions.
The FA may elect to write to Martinez to ask him to explain his comments before deciding whether to charge the 38-year-old.
Wigan were twice set for a deserved draw before each of Chelsea's controversial goals, substitute Mohamed Diame brilliantly cancelling out Branislav Ivanovic's blatantly-offside opener before Juan Mata's marginally-offside 93rd-minute winner prevented them climbing out of the bottom three for the first time in almost four months.
Martinez, whose side were looking like performing another great escape from relegation after back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Stoke, said: “Psychologically, we would have been from one extreme to another because, obviously, you get out of the bottom three and you do it by doing well against Chelsea.
Decisive moment: Branislav Ivanovic and Salomon Kalou celebrate after team-mate Juan Mata scores the winner
'And now the other extreme is the dressing room is feeling very down because we have done really well and we haven't got a reward.
'It's not an accident that we nearly got a result. The last eight games, we have been playing very well.
'We won at Liverpool when, fortunately, we had a strong referee.
'It's a very sad moment for us. I go to a lot of football and I don't want to go to a game and see that the wrong calls are given so clearly.'
Martinez hailed a “perfect” performance from his players.
'When you come to Stamford Bridge, you need to be perfect,' he said.
Talking point: Branislav Ivanovic scores from an offside position for Chelsea's opener
'Remember, we are playing against the semi-finalists in the Champions League and we knew we had to stop Chelsea from being fluent on the ball.
'We did that. We had to work really, really hard and I thought we looked a real threat.
'We are second bottom and you don't expect a team that is second bottom to come to Stamford Bridge and stop Chelsea in the manner we did.
'There is a feeling of real injustice in the dressing room and we don't deserve that.
'Unfortunately, we have got used to the sense of injustice because it's happened to us so many times.
Not happy: Martinez made his views clear after the game
'We want to believe everyone has good luck and bad luck.
'We've had too much bad luck and hopefully, in the next six games, we are going to get the good luck on our side.'
It does not get any easier for Wigan, who host Manchester United on Wednesday.
But goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who was outstanding yesterday, insisted the Latics would stay up if they continued to play like they did at Stamford Bridge.
He tweeted: 'Upset about the score! But, still, I'm fully satisfied in our performance during the game.
'I'd like to thank all our fans. As I mentioned before, scores don't always reflect the performance and domination in the game.
'If we continue in this effort, we will definitely be in a better position.
'Keeping the faith is the most important thing.'