Roberto Martinez stands firm after accusing referee Stuart Attwell of lying

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is refusing to retract his claim that referee Stuart Attwell ‘lied’ in his report about Gary Caldwell’s red card at Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez

Standing firm: Martinez

The FA hit Martinez with an improper conduct charge last Thursday as he accused Attwell of 'lying' after the dismissal of defender Gary Caldwell during Wigan's 3-0 defeat at Eastlands.

Caldwell's red card for a challenge on Carlos Tevez that Attwell described as being with 'excessive force' proved pivotal as the Argentina striker proceeded to score a 13-minute hat-trick.

Immediately after the game Martinez said: 'We are all human beings and we all make mistakes, but to give a decision after something you don't see, that is lying. You are making it up.

'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. That is a real injustice.'

Asked if he now had any regrets about his comments, Martinez replied: 'Not at all. No.

'It's quite easy for me because I don't feel I was disrespectful to the referee at all. I stand by what I said. I was commenting on an action that resulted in a red card for one of my players.'

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