Karren Brady compares Callum McManaman to Charlie Chaplin

Karren Brady accuses West Bromwich Albion winger Callum McManaman of play-acting against Swansea City in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has criticised West Bromwich Albion winger Callum McManaman in her football diary in The Sun.

McManaman was at the centre of a controversial decision during West Brom’s recent Premier League game against Swansea City away from home.

The 24-year-old went down inside the Swans’ penalty box under a challenge from Leon Britton late in the game at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.

West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher was subsequently quoted as saying by The Daily Mail that McManaman made the most of the challenge.

Brady has mocked the former Wigan Athletic winger for his action and has written in her football diary in The Sun (Saturday, December 26 entry): “With a fall like that, Callum McManaman would never be asked to play Hamlet - more like Charlie Chaplin. The West Brom midfielder is so guilty of over-acting, even his captain remarks on it.”

“Refs are trying hard to stop cheating on penalty area contact, though I’ve never heard a perfect definition of what this amounts to, making the decision a lottery,” added Brady. “You wouldn’t be knocked down by a feather to hear Tony Pulis claim that his player was fouled.”

Interestingly, West Brom have since won their two Premier League games, beating Newcastle United 1-0 at The Hawthorns and getting the better of Stoke City 2-1 at home.

Tony Pulis’s side are 12th in the Premier League table at the moment with 26 points from 20 matches.

The Baggies will return to action this Saturday when they take on Bristol City at home in the third round of the FA Cup.

West Brom will then face Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in London in the Premier League.

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