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Premier League suspends Man United vs Wolves officials after penalty blunder

Published at :August 15, 2023 at 5:10 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 5:48 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The Red Devils won their Premier League opener 1-0

Sky Sports reports that the Premier League game between Manchester United and Wolves, which concluded in a draw, has been dropped for next week after the VAR team and referee’s mistake. 

The officials and VAR crew responsible for a serious error that occurred during the Manchester United win over Wolves late Monday night have been disciplined by PGMOL chief Howard Webb.

The Red Devils were incredibly fortunate to avoid having custodian Andre Onana given a penalty, and chief official Webb proceeded decisively to punish those responsible.

Following an altercation between Onana and attacker Sasa Kalajdzic within the United penalty area, official Simon Hooper, VAR Michael Salisbury, and VAR assistant Richard West decided not to grant Wolves a spot-kick.

The decision enraged Wolves manager Gary O’Neil, who received a warning for his on-field outburst. After the game, he disclosed that PGMOL referee officer Jon Moss had sent him an apology and said it should have been given.

Because of their combined inability to arrive at the right conclusion, all three officials have been summarily removed from the next Premier League games. Webb is eager to demonstrate greater accountability and openness this year.

Up until the last seconds of the game, United enjoyed a 1-0 lead. However, Wolves continued to mount immense pressure on Erik ten Hag as they made wave after wave of attacking plays.

Onana sprinted off his position and clashed with Kalajdzic in midair immediately after the Austrian had connected with the ball with his head from Pedro Neto’s drive into the box.

Referee Hooper allowed play to continue despite the away team’s adamant protests after conferring with his VAR crew about the event. The standard that must be satisfied for an on-field judgement to be reversed is that there must be a “clear and obvious error.”

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