There was controversy around Newcastle’s goal against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.

Jose Sa went down after a collision with Joelinton in the build up to Jeff Hendrick’s equaliser.

Bruno Lage was so incensed by the decision to award the goal that he picked up a booking from referee Graham Scott.

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And speaking to the club’s official website, Ruben Neves has shared what the referee said to him about the goal.

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“We spoke to the ref and he said he didn’t stop the game because Sa got up, but that’s normal,” said Neves.

“I think he had a few seconds to stop the game, and if you don’t stop the game, Sa will of course get up to help the team. But it was too late.

“It’s really hard and maybe the ref could’ve stopped the game before Sa got up, but football is really fast.


“Fortunately we came to the second half with the same spirit and we got the second goal.”

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Neves illustrates the conundrum facing Sa as soon as the referee didn’t stop the game straight away.

He could have stayed down, giving Newcastle an open goal. As it was, he struggled to get back across anyway.

Or he tries to get up, which means Scott feels justified in not blowing his whistle.

Thankfully, Wolves got the win in the second half so it proved immaterial.

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