EPL: Three referees punished following penalty controversy in Man Utd vs Wolves
The Premier League has taken action following a penalty controversy that occurred during the Manchester United vs. Wolves match, leading to the removal of referee Simon Hooper, video assistant referee (VAR) Michael Sailsbury, and assistant VAR Richard West from the upcoming weekend’s fixtures.
In the match between Manchester United and Wolves, Manchester United secured a 1-0 victory through a goal from Raphael Varane. However, a late penalty controversy arose when Andre Onana collided with both Sasa Kalajdzic and Craig Dawson in the final minute of injury time.
Replays clearly indicated that Onana missed the ball and made contact with the two Wolves players. Despite this evidence, referee Simon Hooper decided on the pitch that it was not a penalty, and the subsequent VAR check upheld his decision.
Following the match, the Premier League’s actions came in response to the mistake made by the officials. Jon Moss, who manages the Premier League’s elite group of officials, admitted that Wolves should have been awarded a penalty for the incident.
The incident highlights the complexities and challenges associated with referee decisions and the use of VAR technology in football matches. The Premier League’s decision to make changes in response to this situation reflects the ongoing efforts to improve the accuracy and fairness of officiating in the sport.