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Martinez praises N'Zogbia for mature response

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has praised Charles N'Zogbia for his mature response after his arrest on Wednesday for a 'naive mistake'.

N'Zogbia was arrested at Sale driving test centre on suspicion of fraud by false representation before being released on bail until June 3 pending further enquiries.

It is understood officials called police after suspecting he had got someone else to take the theory section of his test ahead of the practical examination he was due to take on Wednesday.

N'Zogbia, hero of Sunday's 3-2 victory over Arsenal with his stoppage-time winning goal, has since co-operated fully with the police and club, which is likely to act in his favour.

Although far from condoning N'Zogbia's actions, Martinez feels the 23-year-old will learn from the experience and be stronger for it.

"The way I see the whole situation is that Charles has been badly advised, and he's made a naive mistake," said Martinez.

"But straightaway he wanted to help with the police investigation. He has not caused any trouble or problem. He knows he has done wrong.

"Any human being can make a mistake. It happens in football, and it is how you react to them, and I feel he has handled this in a very mature way. It doesn't take away from what he has done, and obviously I'm not happy with what he's done.

"But I'm proud of his reaction, and if anything I think we're going to have a more mature player on our hands.

"I feel Charles is going to learn a lot, it's going to make him a stronger human being and a better footballer. From the football club point of view that can only be good news."

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