Monday, January 16, 2006
Jewell blasts FA over Leeds FA Cup tie
Wigan boss Paul Jewell has criticised the Football Association for handing Leeds 'an unfair advantage' in their FA Cup tie.
Following a hectic festive fixture list which was condemned by many managers, Jewell believes the FA could have helped out his team.
But just over 48 hours after suffering an eighth Barclays Premiership defeat from their last 11 matches against West Brom, the Latics must face Leeds in an FA Cup third-round replay at Elland Road.
A request to switch the match to Wednesday was rejected by the Coca-Cola Championship promotion hopefuls, however Jewell feels the FA should have intervened.
'It's an outrageous decision,' said Jewell. 'Leeds play their games on a Tuesday. We asked for it to be played on Wednesday, but they said `no'. But I don't think it should be Leeds' decision. It should be an FA decision because it's the FA Cup.
'It's quite clearly an unfair advantage to Leeds. I don't care what anybody says. I don't blame Leeds in a way for taking that advantage, but I do blame the powers that be. It's up to them to say we play Wednesday. I would like to know if we were Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal whether we would be playing on Tuesday. I guess not.'