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Wigan boss Martinez: Every two-footed tackle deserves a red

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has put in his two bobs worth regarding the red card debate sparked by Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's sending off last weekend.

The City defender was shown a straight red for his challenge on Manchester United's Nani in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday despite the fact he made no contact with Portuguese winger.

There has been much to ponder about the dismissal, especially after Liverpool's Glen Johnson got away with a similar tackle in his side's 1-0 win over City in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

Martinez feels there is an easy way around the discussion but has called for consistency from referees when making their crucial decisions.

"I do believe that we need to protect the players that we all love and are excited to watch, the only thing you need is consistency and you want to all those challenges being red-carded," he said.

"That's where the frustration comes in. Two-footed challenges should be red cards, that should be the end of the debate.

"If you are player and go into a challenge with both feet that should be a red card.

"That's what the rules say, you can agree or disagree - are we losing the art of tackling or are we protecting the flair players? - but that's the law of the game."

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