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Newcastle's Ameobi urges FA to ponder retrospective action

Newcastle United veteran Shola Ameobi has implored the Football Association to review footage of the tackle that injured his teammate Massadio Haidara.

Wigan Athletic youngster Callum McManaman forced the Frenchman off in the first half of the Latics' eventual 2-1 at the DW Stadium on Sunday with a reckless challenge which went unpunished by the match officials.

The FA have since viewed the incident and also decided not to take action but Ameobi feels it would be practical to perhaps bring in retrospective action via a review panel for similar cases in the future.

"Whatever helps the game, you have pros and cons to every argument, but I have always had an open view," he told Sky Sports.

"Whatever can make the game better for all parties, for players and for the fans, I think it is only right that we address those issues."

He added: "It was a shock what happened. He is a young lad, who has just come over. He is in good spirits, I saw him today and hopefully he won't be out for too long.

"I wouldn't say you expect them (bad challenges), but you understand that is what happens in football at times.

"Things happen, people have a rush of blood to the head. No doubt I have done it over the years once or twice.

"We accept that is part of the game and we have to try and keep it out of the game. I think the lad knows it is a bad tackle so we just get on with it and move on."

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