EXCLUSIVE: Panel finds Wolves were dealt ANOTHER refereeing blunder
EXCLUSIVE: Independent panel finds Wolves were on the receiving end of ANOTHER refereeing blunder after Julen Lopetegui’s side were denied a penalty for Nick Pope’s challenge on Raul Jimenez in 2-1 defeat at Newcastle
- Wolves were wrongly denied a penalty against Newcastle, a panel has found
- Raul Jimenez was bundled over by Magpies goalkeeper Nick Pope on Sunday
- But neither Andy Madeley nor VAR felt the challenge warranted a penalty
Wolves were on the wrong end another refereeing blunder in their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend, an independent panel has ruled.
The visitors were astonished not to be awarded a first-half penalty when Newcastle keeper Nick Pope bundled Raul Jimenez over after the Mexican had stolen the ball from him, with the game goalless.
Yet neither referee Andy Madley, nor VAR Tony Harrington, judged Pope had committed a foul. Had they done so, Wolves would have had an excellent chance to take the lead and Pope would likely have been sent off.
Sportsmail understands that after studying footage, the five-strong panel that assesses the previous weekend’s decisions determined that Madley should have given a penalty. Harrington’s decision not to intervene was, however, regarded as correct as the incident was not deemed a clear and obvious error from Madley.
While Madley was some way from the incident as Wolves had played the ball upfield quickly following a Newcastle attack, Julen Lopetegui and his staff were baffled that Harrington chose to do nothing.
Wolves were wrongly denied a penalty during their defeat against Newcastle on Sunday
Referee Andy Madeley’s decision not to award a penalty was supported by VAR
Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui was left baffled by Madeley’s decision as well as VAR’s view
It is not the first time Wolves have been frustrated when Madley has been in charge. At Liverpool in January, Toti Gomes thought he had scored a late winner in the FA Cup third-round tie, only for it to be disallowed for offside and VAR incorrectly to uphold the decision. Wolves lost the replay.
Madley was not on duty for their Carabao Cup exit at Nottingham Forest later that month, but Wolves were denied a penalty when Matheus Nunes was clipped by Serge Aurier. Following those decisions, Webb held a 90-minute meeting with Lopetegui at Wolves’ Compton training base.
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