Julen Lopetegui has stated firmly today that Daniel Podence ‘100%’ did not spit at Brennan Johnson in last weekend’s fiery game between Wolves and Nottingham Forest.
Last night, the FA charged Podence for his behaviour, despite VAR clearing him during the game.
He has until April 12 to respond to the charge.
Earlier today, Podence took to Instagram to deny spitting at Johnson.
He said: “As I have been accused of something I haven’t done… I will make it clear.
“I did not spit on Nottingham’s player. I’m telling the truth and I would never do such a thing even more to a colleague. Thank you.”
Today, Julen Lopetegui appeared before reporters ahead of the game with Chelsea on Saturday.
The Spaniard threw his backing behind Podence, insisting he did not spit.
He said: “Daniel Podence never, 100% never spit. This is all. The club is working on this of course. The fact is very clear. He never, never spit at anyone 100%.
Wolves are planning to appeal the charge (via The Athletic’s Steve Madeley).