English Premiership

Martinez hits out at Cisse

2014-12-29 13:50
Roberto Martinez (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Everton boss Roberto Martinez was terribly unhappy with the actions of Papiss Cisse after he elbowed Seamus Coleman in the 3-2 defeat to Newcastle.

Cisse struck Coleman during the first half of Sunday's Premier League clash at St James' Park as they jostled for position inside the penalty area prior to a corner-kick.

Referee Craig Pawson took no action against the Senegal striker, who went on to equalise for the Magpies just minutes after the incident.

But Martinez insists the 29-year-old should have seen red for his "unacceptable" behaviour and is surprised that the elbow was not spotted by any of the match officials.

"One thing is the performance of the two sides; the other is the big moments like that elbow. I don't want to see players sent off for different rules or the laws of the game, but it is unacceptable, that action from Papiss Cisse," Football411 quotes Martinez as saying.

"You don't want to see that on a football pitch, that shouldn't be allowed. Two players fighting for their position at a dead-ball situation and you end up deciding to take the law [into your own hands] by elbowing a fellow professional, it's unacceptable and that should have been a red card.

"That's got nothing to do with the result - obviously it's different to play against 10 men than it is to play against 11 men, but actions like that shouldn't be allowed to be on a football pitch."

Martinez added: "I am surprised. When you see it on the replay, there is no intention of the player to hide it. It's just he wants to take the law into his own will and he reacts in a manner that is very, very hard to justify.

"You don't want to see that behaviour on a football pitch, you want to see that spotted, if it's the linesman, if it's the referee. It's right in the middle of the goal, it's in the six-yard box, the corner is going to be taken into that area - you want to have that covered.

"I don't know how. I know it's difficult, but the action was well open and that should have been spotted."


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