August 17 – The match officials who failed to award Wolverhampton Wanderers a late penalty against Manchester United in the opening round of the Premier League have been dropped for the next set of matches.
Wolves manager Gary O’Neil said he received an apology from elite referees’ manager Jon Moss after the team was denied a stoppage-time penalty on Monday when Man Utd goalkeeper Andre Onana ran into substitute Sasa Kalajdzic.
The referee for the game, Simon Hooper, did not award the spot kick and the video assistant referee deemed there was no foul. The two officials were both missing from the list published by the Premier League for the second set of matches this coming weekend.
O’Neil, whose side were unfortunate to lose 1-0, said Moss told him he “couldn’t believe” the foul wasn’t spotted by the on-field referee or the VAR.
“Jon Moss said it was a blatant penalty and should have been given,” Neil said. “He said it was clear and obvious.”
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