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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been charged with improper conduct following comments made about referee Stuart Attwell after the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City, the Football Association have announced.

The Latics boss was incensed following the game at Eastlands on March 29 and criticised Attwell's decision to send off defender Gary Caldwell as his side went down 3-0. Martinez has until April 22 to respond to the charge.

Carlos Tevez found himself at the centre of the controversy when he scored a hat-trick in 13 second-half minutes following the dismissal of Caldwell in the 55th minute for a challenge on the Argentinian.

The Latics chief felt Attwell could not have seen the incident properly and accused the official of "lying".

Martinez said: "Gary said he went in really strong and got the ball. Carlos Tevez saw it and jumped off the ground, he is the one who left both feet.

"We are all human beings and we all make mistakes but to give a decision after something you don't see, that is lying. You are making it up. That is hard to take.

"He (the referee) said he saw Gary Caldwell with both feet off the ground. That's why he gave the red card. But Gary Caldwell only went with one foot. That is a real injustice."

The Football Association then asked manager Martinez for his observations about his controversial comments giving him until April 6 to respond.

Martinez subsequently said he would not be appealing against the decision or Caldwell's three-match ban because Attwell's interpretation of the incident had changed.

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