Tue. Feb 20th, 2024

Gary O’Neil says Wolves’ controversial defeat to Fulham on Monday Evening soccer has “lastly turned me towards VAR”.

The Wolves boss re-watched a number of incidents from their 3-2 loss at Craven Cottage with the match officers and revealed referee Michael Salisbury admitted to 2 errors.

O’Neil stated the referee conceded VAR ought to have suggested him to overturn his choice to award Wolves their first penalty when Nelson Semedo acquired his foot to the ball earlier than making contact with Tom Cairney.

Chatting with Sky Sports activities, O’Neil stated: “Nelson performs the ball and would not contact Cairney. I’ve watched it again with the referee and to be truthful, he says he thinks they acquired it mistaken and he ought to have been despatched to the monitor.

“It would not assist me and it would not assist all of the followers which have travelled all this fashion to assist their group. It would not assist the gamers, who’re feeling pissed off once more.”

Willian transformed the penalty to make the rating 2-1 to Fulham, and he repeated the trick in stoppage time to seal the win when VAR suggested Salisbury to overturn his choice to not give a penalty when Joao Gomes made contact with Harry Wilson.

“The one on Wilson, we disagree on just a little bit,” stated O’Neil. “He thinks there’s sufficient contact there to present a penalty. I believe it is actually comfortable.”

O’Neil additionally felt Carlos Vinicius ought to have been despatched off for making contact with Max Kilman’s head when he confronted the Wolves captain, and that Tim Ream ought to have acquired a second yellow card when he fouled Hee-Chan Hwang for the guests’ penalty.

On the choice to not give Ream a second reserving, O’Neil stated: “We had an fascinating debate. He thought the pen was sufficient.

“[One of my staff said] by the letter of the regulation Ream must be despatched off.”

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Highlights from Fulham’s Premier League match towards Wolves

O’Neill additionally revealed the officers admitted Vinicius ought to have been dismissed, saying: “He stated it was a comfortable headbutt – I stated that was loopy. We are able to headbutt individuals on a soccer pitch so long as it is deemed comfortable or not exhausting sufficient?

“They’ve since come out after that and stated by letter of regulation we acquired that one mistaken – that must be a pink card.

How VAR has haunted Wolves this season…

August 14 – Wolves had been wrongly denied a stoppage-time penalty on the opening weekend of the season of their defeat at Man Utd
September 23 – Luton had been awarded a controversial penalty as Wolves had been denied victory in a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Street
October 28 – Newcastle had been wrongly awarded a penalty within the 2-2 draw at Molineux after Hee-Chan Hwang was deemed to have fouled Fabian Schar within the field
November 4 – An unbiased panel reportedly unanimously agreed Sheffield United mustn’t have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty of their 2-1 dwelling win over Wolves
November 27 – Wolves boss O’Neil reveals referee admitted VAR ought to have suggested him to overturn first Fulham penalty in 3-2 defeat at Craven Cottage, and that Carlos Vinicius ought to have been despatched off for headbutting Max Kilman

“Do I want to inform Max to roll round on the ground when somebody headbutts him? I do not wish to. Do I would like my gamers to encompass the referee for a second reserving for Ream?

“You possibly can argue that two of them might go towards us however all 4 go towards us. It is a robust one for the lads, supporters and myself to take.”

Wolves had already had 4 controversial penalty selections go towards them this season, and O’Neil added: “We have been right here loads this season. We did not deserve that.”

O’Neil: I wished VAR nevertheless it’s inflicting issues

Gary O’Neil noticed Wolves concede two penalties

O’Neil believes Wolves have already been denied seven factors by officiating errors this season, saying: “Unhealthy luck retains going towards us. I’ve had an actual, grown-up dialog.

“I am attempting to stay calm. I am not offended with anyone. I am not abusing anybody. It is only a dialog round, ‘come on guys, it is six or seven factors which have gone towards us’.

“I am managing an enormous soccer membership right here – the distinction you make to my repute, the membership’s development up the league, individuals’s livelihoods is large.

“It will probably’t be with all of the expertise, in the perfect league on this planet, it could possibly’t be OK. We should always focus on the sport actually however sadly we have now to debate this.”

O’Neil has beforehand spoken to Howard Webb, the pinnacle of referees’ physique PGMOL this season, however stated: “I will not be calling anyone. What can I do?

“I’ve acquired two choices. I maintain behaving in the best way that I ought to and make my gamers behave in the best way we must always. We respect everyone and the decision-making.

“Or we begin to go, ‘that is not working. We will should make some noise’. They’re the 2 selections I’ve.

“I have been actually trustworthy. I might fairly be a good human being and reply issues actually however issues must get higher.

“I can not settle for us being on the mistaken finish of selections as usually as we’re. That should get higher.”

O’Neil conceded he could also be on the finish of his tether with VAR, explaining: “I’ve all the time been for VAR however I believe it is inflicting an enormous downside for the time being.

“Perhaps tonight has lastly turned me towards VAR. I assumed it will in all probability assist nevertheless it would not appear to be.”

Carra: Ref harsh to present first Fulham penalty

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The Monday Evening Soccer panel focus on whether or not Fulham had been proper to be awarded each their penalties towards Wolves

Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher on Fulham’s first penalty:

“I believe it is extraordinarily harsh. We talk about wanting the on-field referees to make the choice. There isn’t any doubt Semedo will get one thing on the ball. He stands on his massive toe.

“You possibly can take a look at a lot of totally different angles. I believe it is harsh. I am not a large fan of VAR slowing issues down. We’re speaking a couple of toe. After the ref has given the choice, VAR have gotten an issue as a result of we’re within the territory of ‘clear and apparent’.

“This phrase ‘clear and apparent’ is a gray space. Totally different individuals have totally different opinions – how far does it should go earlier than it is a howler?”

Carra: VAR mistaken to advise ref to present second Fulham pen

Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher on VAR serving to to present Fulham’s second penalty:

“Once more, it is harsh. The referee has acquired a terrific place, sees it and shakes his head right away.

“Whenever you gradual it down it appears worse. Whenever you watch at full velocity, just like the ref did from 5 or 6 yards away, it is harsh.

“I believe it is extra of a penalty than the primary one – however the issue for me is, after the ref would not give it on discipline, the choice should not be overturned. That is my feeling.

“I do not suppose it’s a penalty. The ref has a terrific view. VAR thinks that is a transparent and apparent error. I do not see it.”

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