Updated: Friday, 19th July 2019 @ 2:43pm

Roberto Martinez slapped with £10,000 fine for implying referee biasness after Manchester United thumping

Roberto Martinez slapped with £10,000 fine for implying referee biasness after Manchester United thumping

By Dean Wilkins

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has accepted a £10,000 fine for misconduct after attacking match officials and Manchester United last month.

The Latics’ manager refuted the referee’s ‘shocking’ penalty decision and slammed Danny Welbeck’s challenge on Franco di Santo as a red card.

He also claimed that United are given preferential treatment at Old Trafford after his side were thumped 4-0 – he was charged with breaching the FA’s Rule E3 after implying referee biasness.

A spokesman for the FA said: "The charge was in relation to a breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.

"Martinez, who had requested a personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct."

Martinez claimed his comments were ‘rational’ after being charged by the FA, but did remain respectful of the association’s decision to charge him.

After the match, an infuriated Martinez told reporters: "You know what he is trying to do. I have come to United three times before today and for whatever reason we don't seem to be measured in the same manner as the team at home.

"Today the penalty is as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League.

"In many ways, you feel as though you are fighting against a mountain."

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