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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez fined over referee comments

Gary Caldwell is sent off by referee Stuart Attwell
Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick after Caldwell's dismissal

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been fined £2,250 for comments made to the media following his side's 3-0 defeat by Manchester City on 29 March.

The Spaniard said referee Stuart Attwell had sent off defender Gary Caldwell for an incident he did not see, accusing the official of "lying".

He was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association in April.

The FA has also warned 36-year-old Martinez about his future conduct after implementing the fine.

Caldwell was red carded following a 56th-minute challenge on Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez when the score was 0-0, provoking an angry response from Martinez, who believed his player should never have been sent off.

Wigan capitulated following the dismissal as Argentine Tevez notched a 12-minute hat-trick.

Martinez felt Attwell, the youngest referee in the Premier League at 27, was wrong to send Caldwell off.

"To give a red card you have to be certain. Then you are looking at the replay it is no way it is a red card offence," Martinez said after the match.

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

"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.

"The decision was a key moment in the game and until that moment we were coping really well with everything Man City had.

"I felt we were growing into the game, we had a couple of opportunities and felt that the last half an hour was going to be crucial.

"That decision was a key moment. It really cost us and the game went away from us."



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