Martinez supports FA decision
Roberto Martinez says it was right the FAtook no action against Liam Ridgewell for his tackle on James McCarthy.
Last Updated: 04/03/10 2:06pm
Roberto Martinez insists it was right that the Football Association took no action against Liam Ridgewell for his challenge on James McCarthy.
Ridgewell's crunching tackle on McCarthy during Birmingham City's 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic last Saturday was described as a 'leg-breaking challenge' by Martinez.
Referee Anthony Taylor took no action at the time of the incident and the FA subsequently confirmed Blues defender Ridgewell would face no punishment.
Latics boss Martinez admits using video evidence to ban Ridgewell would have been no use to his team and was merely disappointed the tackle was not dealt with during the game.
"What you need is the punishment for the action to be handed out in the game," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.
"At that moment, we were well on top and it would have been a big, big decision in the game that would have helped us get the rewards we deserved.
"It would have been ridiculous to look back at it now and punish the team by taking out one of their best players for a game against another team who could be fighting for the same aim that we are.
"That would make Birmingham weaker for a game against a team who might be one of our rivals, and the whole thing would make no sense to me at all.
"If officials don't see something during a game, that should be it. There should be no action afterwards."
McCarthy has told skysports.com that he is not going to get into a 'war' with Ridgewell over the challenge and Martinez feels it is time referees improved their decision making.
He added: "What they have to do - and I have said it time after time after time - is they have to be better at getting the big decisions right.
"If you look back at the last three matches, you could put a good DVD together of huge mistakes made in big games.
"Look at the Aston Villa game against Manchester United, our game against Tottenham, and again at Birmingham last Saturday.
"There are just too many big decisions being made that are wrong that are clear for everyone else to see."