EXCLUSIVE: Independent panel finds Wolves were on the receiving end of ANOTHER referee blunder after Julen Lopetegui’s side were denied a penalty for Nick Pope’s challenge on Raul Jimenez in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle
By Tom Collomosse for Mailonline
13:29 17 Mar 2023, updated 14:25 17 Mar 2023
- Wolves were wrongly denied a penalty against Newcastle, a panel has determined
- Raul Jimenez was bundled by Magpies goalkeeper Nick Pope on Sunday
- But neither Andy Madeley nor VAR thought the challenge warranted a penalty
Wolves were wrong, another referee blunder in their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend, an independent panel has determined.
The visitors were amazed not to be awarded a first-half penalty when Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope pushed Raul Jimenez towards him after the Mexican stole the ball from him, with the match goalless.
Yet neither referee Andy Madley nor VAR Tony Harrington ruled that Pope had committed a foul. Had they done so, Wolves would have had an excellent chance to take the lead and Pope would probably have been sent off.
Sportsmail understands that after reviewing footage, the five-person panel reviewing last weekend’s decisions determined that Madley should have given a penalty. However, Harrington’s decision not to intervene was considered correct, as the incident was not considered a clear and obvious mistake on Madley’s part.
While Madley was some distance from the incident, as Wolves had quickly played the ball onto the field after an attack on Newcastle, Julen Lopetegui and his staff were dismayed that Harrington chose to do nothing.
It’s not the first time Wolves have become frustrated with Madley in charge. At Liverpool in January, Toti Gomes thought he had scored a late winner in the FA Cup third round, but was ruled out for offside and VAR wrong to uphold the decision. Wolves lost the replay.
Madley was off duty later that month for their exit for the Carabao Cup at Nottingham Forest, but Wolves were not awarded a penalty when Matheus Nunes was clipped by Serge Aurier. Following those decisions, Webb held a 90th minute meeting with Lopetegui at Wolves training base in Compton.