Date: 27th December 2011 at 2:20pm
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It`s always a shame when a side is reduced to ten-men, even more so when it`s clear that the sending off was a little harsh.

Yesterday, against Wigan, Conor Sammon got his marching orders from Phil Dowd for a challenge that, to me, looked fairly innocuous on Michael Carrick.

Although it wasn`t a game changing moment, it will have repercussions for Wigan with Sammon having to serve a ban, unless the card is rescinded.

After the game both managers agreed that it was a harsh decision with Roberto Martinez, as you`d expect, far more vociferous than Sir Alex.

This is what the visiting manager said about the red card,

“It`s a shocking decision. It`s nothing malicious. There is not even a clear contact. He is just fighting for position.”

“Berbatov uses the same technique in the box two minutes later and scores and it`s allowed.”


A fair point, I`d say.

As for Sir Alex, he remarked about the incident,

“He is a big, aggressive lad who throws his body around a lot But I didn`t think it was intentional.”

So how about doing the decent thing and making sure Wigan don`t get punished nay further by his absence in the next three games?



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