Midfielder Ruben Neves has slammed the decision not to send off Fabian Schar for his challenge on Pedro Neto in the second-half of today’s 1-1 draw between Wolves and Newcastle United.
Neves gave Wolves the lead on 38 minutes with a wonderful drive from the edge of the box.
But Allan Saint-Maximin equalised late on for the visitors with a sensational volley after an awful clearance from Hwang Hee-chan.
The draw feels like a defeat given how late Newcastle got their goal.
But Wolves could very easily have lost the match right at the death when Elliot Anderson.
There were a few controversial moments in today’s game.
One decision a lot of people are discussing on social media after the game is the late tackle from Schar on Neto shortly after the restart.
The Switzerland international caught the youngster around shin height. But VAR somehow did not deem it serious foul play.
Neves wholeheartedly disagrees with the decision, saying after the game (via BBC Sport Live): “Everyone saw it – I truly can’t believe, I saw the images already when I went to the dressing room because Neto’s leg was scratched from leg to ankle – he was really lucky to be fit after that challenge.
“Like I said to the ref, there is no chance of him to not go to the screen and watch the images because he almost broke the leg – I spoke to Schar as well, he said it was not on purpose, of course it was not, but when it is so dangerous, someone needs to see it.
“On our second goal, Neto just put his body in front of the defender, on that tackle there is no excuse for the Newcastle player to be still on the pitch, it was really, really dangerous.”
Fabian Schar should have been sent off, in game littered with poor decisions
It is hard to fathom how VAR did not deem Schar’s challenge worthy of a red card.
As Neves says, Neto could have seen his leg broken. The youngster was very fortunate to come away unscathed.
There were some really poor decisions from the officials today for both sides.
Ultimately though, Wolves have simply got to improve now.
Lage must find a way of getting the team to become more potent. Otherwise, the pressure will seriously start to crank up.