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The England Football Association on Wednesday charged Wigan manager Roberto Martinez for comments he made after the Premier League game against Manchester United on Sept. 15.

"Today the penalty is as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League," Martinez said in reference to a penalty awarded to the hosts as well as a Danny Welbeck challenge on Franco di Santo which he warranted a red card in his team's 4-0 loss at Old Trafford. "There were tackles flying around that if they had been the other way round there would have been a couple of red cards."

The comments prompted the FA to charge the former Swansea boss with a statement adding: "The charge is in relation to an alleged 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 has until 4 p.m. (10 p.m. ET) on Thursday 27 September 2012 to respond to the charge."

Martinez described Welbeck's challenge as "completely reckless", adding: "It is a red card, for a Wigan player, Manchester United, everyone.

"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," he said after the match.

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


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