Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has expressed his fury about the decision to allow Leed United’s fourth goal on Saturday to stand after a shirt pull on Adama Traore.
That was one of a couple of controversial calls in the game at Molineux.
Referee Michael Salisbury has come under fire for failing to give Wolves a penalty for Junior Firpo’s challenge on Nelson Semedo.
That was when Wolves were 1-0 down. Had Wolves had a spot-kick and scored, the game could have panned out entirely different.
A few minutes from the end, Leeds scored to go 4-2 up. Replays showed that there was a clear shirt pull on Traore.
Salisbury was made to check the pitchside monitor, but stuck with his original decision.
Raging about that incident in his latest Express & Star column, Edwards said: “What happens for the fourth goal is just ridiculous from my point of view. There is clear shirt pulling on Adama Traore – that is a foul. And for the referee to go over and look at the monitor and not give it, I am lost for words.
“Usually, they are told there is a possibility they have made a mistake and to go over there and look at it – for Michael Salisbury to think ‘no I was right’ I do not know what to say.”
Dave Edwards is right, Adama Traore decision in Leeds clash was ludicrous
Leeds’ fourth goal should not have stood.
People have said that Traore should have carried on playing. But he was clearly knocked off balance momentarily.
It is remarkable to think Salisbury did not change his mind after seeing the incident against several times.
The very fact he was sent to the monitor surely suggests it should have been overturned.
Ultimately, this incident came very late on and likely wouldn’t have affected the end result. But it does further erode the trust Wolves have in the officials.