Jamie Carragher has questioned PGMOL chief Howard Webb on Twitter, after Wolves were not awarded a penalty in yesterday’s game with Newcastle United.
Wanderers fell to a 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park yesterday.
But there was a hugely controversial moment in the first-half when Nick Pope fouled Raul Jimenez in the area.
Pope took a heavy touch from a back pass, and Jimenez got to the ball first and was then taken out.
Referee Andy Madley was far from the action because the ball had just been in Wolves’ area and was cleared away.
The incident was waved away, and shockingly, VAR did not ask Madley to review it via the pitchside monitor.
Wolves defender Craig Dawson said after the game that Madley told him it was ‘a coming together’.
Carragher, on commentary for Sky Sports, felt straight away that it was a penalty for Wolves.
And after the game, he reiterated his stance – and even questioned PGMOL chief Webb.
He said on Twitter: “Nick Pope should’ve been sent off & Wolves awarded a penalty at Newcastle. The directive from Howard Webb to try & stick with on field decisions as much as possible, was a mistake today. The referee was so far away there was no way he knew what had happened. #NEWWOL.
“It doesn’t matter who makes the decision, referee or VAR, as long as we get the right one more often than not.”
Wolves will now lick their wounds and prepare to face Leeds United this weekend.
It is an absolutely huge game, with Wanderers just four points above the relegation zone.
Jamie Carragher is right – Wolves should have had a penalty and directive from Howard Webb failed yesterday
Wolves were absolutely shafted yesterday with Jimenez not being award a penalty.
It is understandable that Madley might not have been able to see the incident from where he was.
But that is where VAR should intervene and serve justice.
It was a foul, clear as day, by Pope.
It is a disgrace that VAR didn’t tell Madley to look at the incident on the pitchside monitor.
The directive from Webb should be to ensure the correct decision is ultimately made. Not to just stick with that the referee goes with.
As we have seen countless times this season across games involving all clubs in the Premier League, the officials get many calls wrong and need the help of VAR.