London: Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez feels that criticism of Callum McManaman's controversial challenge on Newcastle United full-back Massadio Haidara has got out of hand.
McManaman escaped sanctions over the knee-high tackle, which occurred during Wigan's 2-1 win at the DW Stadium two weeks ago, because it was not seen by match referee Mark Halsey.
The Wigan forward did not face retrospective punishment either, because one of Halsey's assistants witnessed the incident.
McManaman's challenge was widely condemned within the football community, although Newcastle have since confirmed that Haidara only sustained bad bruising and soft tissue damage.
"I think we've been going on and on too much about it. I think it was a football incident," Martinez said on Thursday.
"We lost Ryo Miyaichi a couple of weeks back and he had to go through surgery and he's out for the season. Those are incidents that happen in the game.
"I think we're taking things out of context here. I think the whole incident has been a bit of an argument about the refereeing in the game. It was a challenge with no real intent. It was an unfortunate incident that happens on a football pitch.
"I think we've been talking too much about it and it's a bit unfair on a young man to have to suffer that."