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Julen Lopetegui reacts after Wolves lose 4-2 to Leeds and comments on Matheus Nunes red card

Wolves have lost 4-2 to Leeds United in the Premier League, with the game somewhat marred by another poor refereeing performance.

Julen Lopetegui’s side are bang in trouble having lost to the Whites today at Molineux.

Leeds took an early lead through Jack Harrison, and there was then a massively controversial moment.

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Nelson Semedo went down under a challenge in the Leeds area.

But referee Michael Salisbury waved the appeals away. Replays showed the full-back clear got to the ball first and was then kicked.

It comes after Wolves received an apology this week for the decision not to award a penalty for the foul by Nick Pope on Raul Jimenez last weekend.

Leeds raced into 3-0 lead in the second-half through Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen.

Wanderers looked to be down and out. But an unbelievable goal from Jonny gave the hosts hope.

Matheus Cunha pulled another back for Wolves, before Jonny then got sent off.

Wolves continued to push for a goal, but it never came.

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In fact, it was Leeds who scored again through Rodrigo, after Salisbury failed to award a free-kick for Wolves for a clear shirt pull on Adama Traore.

That decision was pretty much the last straw for Wolves, and Julen Loptegui and his staff were furious on the touchline.

In the midst of everything, Matheus Nunes was then sent off for Wolves, despite never taking to the field.

It was for his reaction to the decision, and the midfielder had to be restrained by Diego Costa after receiving his red card.

After the game, Lopetegui said Nunes was ‘unlucky’.

He said (via Express & Star): “The second red card, came after a very clear foul on Adama. Nunes wanted to complain and he was very unlucky. I have seen the images and the linesman was walking with his back to Nunes, he doesn’t see him, and he bumps into Nunes – not Nunes into him.

“I think they will change this decision. The image is very clear, he doesn’t have intention

Wolves stung by poor refereeing again but players must take accountability, as Lopetegui clears up what happened with Matheus Nunes red card

Wolves didn’t play well enough to get anything from today’s game.

But it is absolutely ridiculous that we are again having to talk about refereeing incompetence.

The decision not to award a penalty for the foul on Semedo was farcical. And the decision to allow Leeds’ fourth goal to stand was a joke.

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It will be interesting to see if Wolves are successful with their appeal of the Nunes decision. It is not a good look if it was him that barged into the linesman.

It was a day of controversy. But the Wolves players need to take some responsibility.

Yes, things are going against them. But everybody needs to step up their game if they are to remain Premier League players come the end of the season.